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Diseases of comfort: primary cause of death in the 22nd century
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    A plea for the progress of serious thinking about health!

    Dear Editor,

    I most certainly agree with the “reviewer’ comments” cited by the authors in the text of their paper; “The paper is timely and can be potentially useful for health policy makers” (p. 1032). However, “timely” in this case is a bit of an oddity. In response to a recent critique of progress that I had written (Betts, 2005) a rather noted philosopher, who is kind enough to review scholarly work for me fro...

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    Diseases of comfort or coercion?

    Dear Editor,

    The idea that the diseases of the future will increasingly have their aetiological roots in 'comfort' is at first sight an appealing and powerful one. However, to accept this idea uncritically could in fact be part of the problem. Just to take one example for brevity: the idea that everyone desperately wants to confine themselves to moving around in a motor car. I often have arguments with people who cl...

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