Medicine: Take It Easy

King Solomon, who wrote songs about a love so strong that it made his stomach ache, was well aware that a man's emotions can make him sick. Not all of Solomon's wisdom has been forgotten. Last week, at the American College of Physicians' annual meeting in Chicago, 3,500 U.S. doctors heard, among other reports, some specific examples of how sick a man can be if he gets too wrought up over things.

Violent and prolonged anger can play havoc with body tissues, said Dr. Harold G. Wolff of Cornell Medical College. A furious man — or even a peevish one who constantly...

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