Medicine: The Ailing Middle Class

The U.S. middle class consists mostly of fine, upstanding citizens who mind the conventions and obey the law. And what does it get them? Ulcers and trouble with their wives, say Drs. Jurgen Ruesch and Karl M. Bowman of the University of California's division of psychiatry.

Middle class folks,* the doctors reported in last week's Journal of the American Medical Association, are particularly prone to psychosomatic (mindbody) troubles and chronic illnesses. One big reason is the American yen for "making good." The middle class works especially hard at trying to make good. The constant...

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