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BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1574 (Published 17 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1574

Health & Sickness

Health and sickness are like the two ends of a seesaw. As one goes up, the other goes down. So health spares us from swings and slides of sickness and merry-go-rounds of misguided, dizzy doctors, who think that health is merely the absence of sickness. But health is more than the absence of sickness, just as life is more than the absence of death. Health is the shield between life and death.


Competing interests: No competing interests

19 March 2016
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA