Medicine: Stree & Strain

people, for it is a well-known saying among the physicians of New York that 'When stocks in Wall Street go down, sugar in the urine goes up.' "

Broadly speaking, stress diseases are caused when the "combat mechanism" of the body goes into action under some shock, the thyroid demanding a "purposeless increase" in metabolic output, the pituitary sending ACTH flooding to the adrenals, and the blood pressure, blood salt and blood sugar increasing. Once stimulated by shock, the mechanism keeps on going. The human system is exhilarated, but badly unbalanced. Exhaustion usually follows, often with a dangerous lowering of the body's...

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