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February 25, 1961


JAMA. 1961;175(8):706. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040080062018

Life expectancy in America in the last half of this century seems destined to approach that which the Hunzukut male has experienced for many generations. This little-known frontier land in northern Pakistan has a population not greater than 25,000. It lies northeast of the famed Khyber Pass, with U. S. S. R. and China for neighbors. The third highest peak in the world, Mt. Rakaposhi, lies within its borders. Marco Polo traveled through this territory in the 13th century; the mountain sheep are so identified in recognition of the famed medieval merchant and traveler. Entrance visas and rugged terrain have made Hunza Land virtually inaccessible to tourists from the Western world. The Lowell Thomases visited Hunza Land in 1957. Allen E. Banik, who visited it in 1958, has described his experiences in a volume entitled Hunza Land.1

The evidence that the Hunzukut males live to be 120, or even

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