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The Science of Human PerfectionHow Genes Became the Heart of American Medicine$
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Nathaniel Comfort

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300169911

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300169911.001.0001

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Fisher's Quest

Fisher's Quest

(p.29) 2 Fisher's Quest
The Science of Human Perfection

Nathaniel Comfort

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses Irving Fisher's quest in seeking treatment for tuberculosis, an illness then known to be caused by a germ, and his eventual cure and crusade for a healthier living across the country. Originally an economist, Fisher's calling turned out to be in the field of health. In 1898, he contracted tuberculosis; and his five-year battle with the disease changed him into a health advocate. Fisher believed that purity of diet, regimen, and spirit, were the keys to a long, healthy, and happy life.

Keywords:   tuberculosis, Irving Fisher, diet, regimen, health

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