Medicine: The Stronger Sex

Men are healthier than women, in the sense that they complain of fewer illnesses and stay home from work less often. But women are hardier and live longer. Dr. Lawrence E. Hinkle Jr., 41, reporting this seemingly contradictory finding (by a New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center research team), explains it thus: women have fewer of the serious disorders (notably heart and artery diseases) that kill men in their prime.

To get their data, the researchers combed the medical histories of 96 New York Telephone Co. switchboard operators and 116 craftsmen (linemen and installation workers) for 20 years back, then followed the...

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