Mirage of health is a book of incredible balance written with a scientists mind and a philosophers pen it is a refreshingly lyrical and engaging vehicle for scientific ideas i hadnt been exposed to microbiology in such an interesting way prior to reading this book and if id read this book earlier perhaps i wouldve enrolled in . Full text full text is available as a scanned copy of the original print version get a printable copy pdf file of the complete article 229k or click on a page image below to browse page by page. Complete freedom from disease and from struggle is almost incompatible with the process of living rene dubos asserted in this classic essay on ecology and health all the accomplishments of science and technology he argued will not bring the utopian dream of universal well being because they ignore the dynamic process of adaptation to a constantly changing environment that every living . An academic read that is thoroughly not formal dubos writes with access for the layman in mind kind of the microbiologist version of hes just not that into you dubos explains how freedom from disease is well a mirage because a utopia is a static state and humans are anything but. Utopias progress and biological change mirage of health utopias progress and biological change 1960 pp221 pp abstract the designs for perfecting a population inevitably include measures to alleviate stress and disease such precautions would only become superfluous when a state of perfection had been reached this is the
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