Thursday, August 07, 2003
The tyranny of health
posted by Jonathan Calder |
When health becomes the goal of human endeavour it acquires an oppressive influence over the life of the individual. If people's lives are ruled by the measures they believe may help to prolong their existence, the quality of their lives is diminished. The tyranny of health means the ascendancy of the imperatives of biology over the aspirations of the human spirit. It provides the state, working both independently and through the agency of doctors and other health professionals, with a mechanism for extending its authority over the lives of each individual citizen and thereby over the whole of society.
Michael Fitzpatrick The Tyranny of Health: Doctors and the regulation of lifestyle (2001)