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Letters Rethinking medicine

A call to think about health rather than medicine

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l256 (Published 21 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l256

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

29 January 2019
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA