Medicine: The Stress-Blind

Looking for the causes of "coronaries," medical men point accusing fingers at heredity, high-fat diets, emotional strain. Last week the American Psychosomatic Society met in Manhattan, heard a panel of experts examine the kinds of personalities most prone to heart attacks, re-emphasize the dangers of stress. Even the "lethalness of a high-fat diet in our society," noted Dr. Henry I. Russek, consultant in cardiovascular research for the U.S. Public Health Service, "seems to be dependent on the 'catalytic influence' of stressful living."

The "stress-blind" personality cannot recognize his own stress limits. He is usually compulsive about time, overworked, burning to be recognized,...

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