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There are some who praise a man free from disease; to me no man who is poor seems free from disease but to be constantly sick.


Sophocles


#disease #free #man #me #poor

Long before there were effective treatments, physicians dispensed prognoses, hope, and, above all, meaning. When something terrible happens-and serious disease is always terrible-people want to know why. In a pantheistic world, the explanation was simple-one god had caused the problem, another could cure it. In the time since people have been trying to get along with only one God, explaining disease and evil has become more difficult. Generations of theologians have wrestled with the problem of theodicy-how can a good God allow such bad things to happen to good people? Darwinian medicine can't offer a substitute for such explanations. It can't provide a universe in which events are part of a divine plan, much less one in which individual illness reflects individual sins. It can only show us why we are the way we are, why we are vulnerable to certain diseases. A Darwinian view of medicine simultaneously makes disease less and more meaningful. Diseases do not result from random or malevolent forces, they arise ultimately from past natural selection. Paradoxically, the same capacities that make us vulnerable to disease often confer benefits. The capacity for suffering is a useful defense. Autoimmune disease is a price of our remarkable ability to attack invaders. Cancer is the price of tissues that can repair themselves. Menopause may protect the interests of our genes in existing children. Even senescence and death are not random, but compromises struck by natural selection as it inexorably shaped out bodies to maximize the transmission of our genes. In such paradoxical benefits, some may find a gentle satisfaction, even a bit of meaning-at least the sort of meaning Dobzhansky recognized. After all, nothing in medicine makes sense except in the light of evolution.


Randolph M. Nesse


#dobzhansky #evolution #god-s-will #medicine #death

I think everyone's experience with a terminal disease is so deeply personal and unique to the person, the context in which they're living and the relationships that they have.


Laura Linney


#deeply #disease #everyone #experience #i

To fall in love you have to be in the state of mind for it to take, like a disease.


Nancy Mitford


#fall #like #love #love you #mind

Perfect health, like perfect beauty, is a rare thing; and so, it seems, is perfect disease.


Peter Latham


#disease #health #like #perfect #rare

The United States cannot feed every person, lift every person out of poverty, cure every disease, or stop every conflict. But our power and status have conferred upon us a tremendous responsibility to humanity.


Richard Lugar


#conferred #conflict #cure #disease #every

I can choose to accelerate my disease to an alcoholic death or incurable insanity, or I can choose to live within my thoroughly human condition.


Mercedes McCambridge


#alcoholic #choose #condition #death #disease

When the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease - of joy that kills.


Kate Chopin


#died #disease #doctors #had #heart

AIDS win be our first priority, but in two years' time we don't know where AIDS research will stand, so we are also thinking of activity on other diseases.


Luc Montagnier


#aids #also #diseases #first #know

She wasted and grew so thin that she no longer was a little girl, but the shadow of a little girl. The flame of her life flickered so faintly that it appeared sufficient to blow at it to extinguish it. Stas understood that death did not have to wait for a third attack to take her and he expected it any day or any hour.


Henryk Sienkiewicz


#death #death-and-dying #disease #malaria #sickness






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