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April 1960

Mirage of Health.

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By René Dubos. Price, not given. Pp. 236, with no illustrations. Harper & Brothers, 49 E. 33d St., New York 16, 1959.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1960;105(4):658-660. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.00270160156021

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A society whose main objectives have decayed in a search for security and which believes that perfect health is owed the citizens by the state, easily falls for the notion that nirvana lies ahead if they can only find the right prescription. Perhaps the one lesson about progress that everyone agrees on is that when we arrive at our goals so often we don't want them. Now that we have created leisure, often there is nothing to fill the vacuity of the vacuous mind. Despite the fact that physical exercise seems to be essential to proper functioning of health it is repugnant to most citizens. We look hither and yon for the golden age, for Eden, and for Utopia without finding it, or it turns out to be an empty dream.

For some time I have been making notes on items for an essay entitled "Each Society Produces its Own

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