Medicine: Marriage, Disease and Death

Sentimentalists believe that husbands and wives get to look alike. And some do.

But only the most romantic sentimentalists suspected that man and wife tend to die of the same noninfectious diseases.

Nevertheless, this startling suggestion was sprung last week in the formal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, by Statistician Antonio Ciocco of the U. S. Public Health Service.

Laboriously Dr. Ciocco examined the death certificates of 2,571 couples who died non-accidentally in Washington County, Md. during the years 1898 to 1938. His findings:

> Husband and wife frequently have the same life span....

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