How do we maintain good health?

It is natural for us all to want to be fit and healthy. Yet it seems that present-day society works so hard at its incessant search for wellness that it may be making many people feel worse. This is one conclusion a Harvard psychiatrist, Dr. Arthur J. Barsky, has come to. He has spent the last four years cataloging and analyzing the excesses to which Americans will go in the name of fitness.

In his book Worried Sick: Our Troubled Quest for Wellness, Dr. Barsky writes: "Our society devotes enormous human and economic resources to studying the body, staying healthy, and treating disease. But in spite of our success, there is a pervasive cultural atmosphere of dis-ease. ... The ability to appreciate our good health, a secure feeling of physical well-being and confident vigor, eludes us." Worried Sick: Our Troubled Quest for Wellness (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1988), pp. 7–8 .

January 23, 1989

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