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November 8, 1930


JAMA. 1930;95(19):1429. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720190041012

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One of the most widely discussed addresses among the varied communications presented at the recent meeting of the British Medical Association at Winnipeg was the lecture of the distinguished English physician Dr. Robert Hutchison on "Mankind's Pursuit of Health." Starting with the thesis of G. K. Chesterton that "of all human things the search for health is the most unhealthy," he ventured the suggestion, perhaps ironically, that the old ignorance about the body and stolid resignation to its ills was probably a more "healthy" attitude, and certainly a happier one, than the modern curiosity and overanxiety.

Many physicians may read these pronouncements with mingled emotions. They doubtless agree with the arraignment of that overanxiety which develops hypochondriasis in regard to bodily well being and approve the censure of the numerous fads that are lauded by single track minds as the secrets of securing perfect health. Many of Dr. Hutchison's auditors

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