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[Comment] Offline: The uses of disease

Health is good. Disease is bad. So we are taught. The panoply of a doctor’s education and training, indeed the whole hypertrophied industry of medicine, is founded on these two assumptions. But perhaps we should also view disease as an ally, a state to be explored, even cultivated. I do not mean we should tolerate pain or distress. Yet maybe disease creates possibilities for life that might otherwise be denied to us. In his Journals (July 25, 1930), André Gide wrote: “I believe that illnesses are the keys that can open certain doors for us.