The media frenzy over Steve Jobs’ health

Mon, Jul 6, 2009


From the New York Times – on the public’s insatiable appetite for info relating to Steve Jobs’ health:

Health is the most private of all matters for very good reason, and the Securities and Exchange Commission has never disciplined a company for a failure to disclose health problems. In part, we all buy, sell and trade on someone’s health without knowing their fates. Sergey Brin or Larry Page, Google’s founders, may be fit as fiddles, but they could get run over tomorrow by a Prius in Palo Alto (a Prius would still hurt, right?).

As anyone who has had cancer would tell you (I had my turn some years ago), the prognosis is always unknowable. You are fine until you are not. Given the effectiveness of treatments and constant innovations, the more than 10 million Americans living with cancer manage it as a chronic illness. Mr. Jobs is one of them.

Well put.


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