Medicine: Family Trouble

"It ain't the work," explained a clinic patient, "it's the aggravation."

Doctors now generally agree that mental irritation of some sort causes many a physical ailment. In Patients Have Families (The Commonwealth Fund; $3), published last fortnight, Manhattan's Dr. Henry B. Richardson suggests that the source of the irritation is usually to be found in the patient's family. Proposing that doctors consider "the family as the unit of illness," he supports his argument with the stories of patient after patient who could not get well until something was done to clear up his troubled family situation.

The Qs. The family on which Dr....

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