Medicine: Strong Men of the Andes

Ten to 16 thousand feet up in the Andes* lives a race of men with enormous energy and cast-iron hearts. Dr. Carlos Monge of Lima, Peru last week described that race, the highest in the world, to scientists at the University of Chicago's 50th anniversary meeting (see p. 63). For his research he received an honorary degree. The thin Andes air kills weaklings. So the 12,000,000 Andes strong-hearts are the product of centuries of painful adaptation to scarcity of oxygen. In years of laboratory study. Dr. Monge found:

> Andes natives have hearts...

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