Medicine: The Non-U Ulcer

Peptic ulcers (sometimes in the stomach but usually in the duodenum) are not as often thought, just a fashionable ailment of high-pressure, upper-crust professional people, a British researcher reported last week. Comparing occupations with illnesses in 280,000 clinical records of more than 100 general practitioners. Dr. William P. D. Logan found that in class-conscious England's Social Class I, consisting mainly of professional workers, the men's ulcer rate is only 48% of the national average. But in the lowest-paid, unskilled Social Class V, the rate is 116%. In a fluid society the effort to "keep up" may be stressful. But the English...

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