Medicine: How's Your Psychosoma?

One man's ulcers are another man's high blood pressure. Ever since Hippocrates, doctors have believed that certain kinds of people lean toward certain kinds of diseases. Many a wild guess has been made about body types (e.g., tall, thin people get tuberculosis; short, fat ones get apoplexy). Last week two Manhattan doctors came out with a new formula, to help predict every man's psychosomatic risks.

After 20 years of study, Drs. Eli Moschowitz and Mata B. Roudin wrote their formula down: "Constitution times psychologic trauma gives hyperkinesis which results in psychosomatic disease." Translation:...

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