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[Perspectives] Utopia, health, and happiness

The anniversaries keep on coming—the death of William Shakespeare this year, Martin Luther’s Theses next, the defeat of Napoleon last year. One that might get lost in the crowd is the first publication of Utopia. It was in Leuven in Belgium, in 1516, that an ambitious lawyer called Thomas More published a little book, at once playful and provocative, that outlined the society and culture of an imaginary people called the Utopians.

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