Medicine: The Nonexecutive Ulcer

Peptic ulcer is far from being an exclusive ailment of high-tension executives, as popularly believed in the U.S. Elsewhere in the world, it shows up with surprising frequency among peoples as far removed as possible from the life patterns of Madison Avenue and La Salle Street. Other diseases present similar paradoxes. Last week, at hearings on a bill to set up a $50-million-a-year National Institute of International Medical Research, Senators heard Dr. Peter D. Comanduras of Medico, a voluntary aid group, cite these examples:

¶ Peptic ulcer is common among the illiterate people of India, who are not bothered by decision making,...

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