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October 31, 1966

'Tis Better to Have Loafed and Lost

JAMA. 1966;198(5):563. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110180107035

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To the Editor:—  I could not help thinking, as I was swaying in my patented electric rocking chair, that we doctors have gone too far in our assault on pleasure. It is not enough to have proscribed tobacco, alcohol, and good rich food. Must the most cherished pleasure of blissful inactivity be also put on the banned list? Your editorial on "Hazards of Leisure" (196:1083, 1966) leads me to believe that this is indeed the intent of the medical profession. Before irrevocably committing ourselves to this new prohibition, let us be reminded that some things are sacred. "It is far better to have loafed and lost, than never to have loafed at all."