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Being Healthy Is Not the Same as Being Virtuous

‘Illness and disability are not ways to measure the value of a human life’

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Photo: Aitor Diago/Getty Images

There is a common, problematic way that many of us conceive of “health.” Too often we equate the absence of illness with morality. This leads down many troublesome paths both on a personal and a policy level. It seems we need to be reminded periodically that…

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Michelle Cohen

Michelle Cohen

Dr. Michelle Cohen (@DocMCohen) is a family physician in rural Ontario and an assistant professor in the Dept of Family Medicine at Queen's University.