Medicine: Fat & Stress

As the usual stream of brass moved through the Pentagon concourse last week, top Air Force men occasionally broke formation and glided unobtrusively into a suite of neat, quiet rooms. Their object: a thorough hangar check for heart disease. Since 1950, more than 50 middle-aged Air Force executives—from the Secretary down—have undergone regular scrutiny by a team of Air Force specialists under Colonel Marshall E. Groover. The medicos can point to a fair record for the group: only 19 heart attacks, including six deaths (among men who did not follow recommendations). But the...

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