Time Essay: Americans Can

COMPARED with many other peoples, Americans do not live very long. Though the U.S. leads the world in most measures of material success—personal income, production, profits—in life expectancy it ranks only 24th for men and ninth for women. American men live an average 67.1 years,* and American women 74.6 years. Men survive longer in most Western European nations, as well as in Japan, Israel, Greece, East Germany, Australia and some other countries. Indeed, in Norway, Denmark and The Netherlands, men live longer than 70 years on the average; in Sweden, the world's leader,...

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