"The life of the individual is, from its origin, the reduction of the powers of life. Because health is not a constant of satisfaction, but the a priori power to master perilous situations, this power uses itself up in mastering successive perils. The health that comes after being cured is not the same health as before. The lucid consciousness of the fact that healing is not a return will help the patient in his search for the state of the least renunciation possible, even as it liberates him from his fixation upon his previous state. "
George Canghuilhem - Towards a Pedagogy of Healing