A Letter From The Publisher, Jul. 14, 1980

According to TIME'S cover story this week, eight out of ten Americans will sooner or later suffer from backaches. The rate may be even higher for journalists. They spend long, sedentary hours crouched over typewriters and telephones, wedged immobile in the seats of planes and press buses, and trapped by deadlines that elevate stress levels past the danger point: practically a prescription for back pain. Yet of the TIME editors, writers and correspondents who contributed to this week's story, only a few confessed to back problems. Medicine Writer Anastasia Toufexis, who wrote the...

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