The tyranny of health

Lewis E. Foxhall, T. B. Maclachlan, George W. Anstadt, Albert Dipiero, John J. Whyte, Douglas P. Beall, Quentin R. Regestein, Faith Fitzgerald

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Reading Dr. Fitzgerald's article, “The Tyranny of Health” (July 21 issue),1 reminded me of a comment a patient once made to me. After I had berated the patient for his obvious failure to comply with my recommendations to correct his “misbehavior,” he said, “You know, doctor, there is more to life than good health.” These words have helped me rein in my sometimes overzealous attempts to force patients into that glorious state of wellness and maintain a more realistic approach to the best possible state of health. To the Editor: The increasing criticism of unhealthy lifestyles is.  . .

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1660-1661
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number24
StatePublished - Dec 15 1994
Externally publishedYes

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