About the Author
M D Betz, Professor of Sociology at the University of Tennessee, has taught the Sociology of Health for over 25 years and served on two hospital committees for 12 years. For 10 years he traveled back and forth to Thailand and worked with a medical doctor who is reviving the herbal tradition there. In 1987, he dumped his university subsidized medical insurance because he felt it fostered an unhealthy dependency on outside experts who focused mostly on disease while failing to promote health. He is inspired by the ancient wisdom: Health is what the wise person pursues when in good health, not after it is lost. . . Who waits until they become thirsty to dig a well?