Medicine: Doctors Die Too

Like other men, most doctors need a nurse. When three doctors checked up on their 200 middle-aged (over 40) colleagues at Manhattan's Mount Sinai Hospital, they found that more than half had never had an electrocardiogram, had not had their blood pressure taken for years, and had had their last physical examination in the Army or for an insurance company.

Of the 200 tested, 94 doctors had heart trouble; 34 were threatened with it. The great majority were overweight; many smoked too much.

During the survey, one physician, waiting for his physical exam, died suddenly from a coronary attack.


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