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Head To Head

Are nanny states healthier states?

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 07 December 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6341

Independence: Pro & Con

Independence is a paradox. It frees us to think, believe, say, and do as we wish. But it also confronts us with the dire consequences of our mistakes. What should we do? We should seek wise, caring mentors and friends, because our lives are traumatic and tragic, and we automatically need the magic of mommy, who helps us to dream, and daddy, who helps us to wean.

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 December 2016
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA