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July 2, 1938

Meditatio Medici: A Doctor's Philosophy of Life

JAMA. 1938;111(1):91. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790270093042

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On the basis that every man should be his own philosopher, a distinguished physician here presents his own philosophy of life. He comes to the conclusion that the essence of civilization is the equalization of conditions for all members of a community so that those less favored by nature are artificially protected and preserved, and that western civilization tends in many ways to encourage and promote mediocrity and inefficiency rather than strength and ability. As a result, he sees only gradual decline of human vigor among European races. He is convinced that the hope of gaining something for himself and his family is man's chief spur to human action and that any interference with this spur will bring about stagnation. Stagnation invariably involves degeneration. A final paragraph sums up Bosanquet's concept of a well ordered evolution:

Perhaps, then, we may congratulate ourselves on a remnant of sinfulness in our own

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