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June 26, 1995

Calculating Gains in Life Expectancy With Risk Factor Reduction-Reply

Author Affiliations

Boston, Mass

Arch Intern Med. 1995;155(12):1332. doi:10.1001/archinte.1995.00430120123020

In reply  Golden argues that Cartesian mind/body dualism is an outmoded concept. We agree, and have previously made the same argument.1 However, we also believe that many physicians, scientists, and patients still hold to the view that a disease is not "real" (meaning biologically based) unless some objective abnormality is associated with it. Our language addressed people who hold that traditional view.