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Minerva

Health checks for the healthy . . . and other stories

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l5308 (Published 05 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5308

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

08 September 2019
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA