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Margaret McCartney: Are we too captivated by precision medicine?

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1168 (Published 09 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1168

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

14 March 2017
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA