Medicine: The Life of Stress

A lot of sympathy is being wasted on executives for leading lives so full of stress and strain that it impairs their health. Actually, their subordinates suffer more from high blood pressure and artery disease. These surprising findings were reported in last week's A.M.A. Journal by two Manhattan researchers who compared 1,171 male executives (ranging down from directors, corporation officers and general managers to division heads and auditors) with a mixed group of 1,203 nonexecutives (including 563 women). They worked for the Standard Oil group of companies, largely in Rockefeller Center's tallest (70 stories) skyscraper. All were white-collar types who visited...

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