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September 21, 1979

Coronary-Prone Behavior

Author Affiliations

Northwestern University Medical School Chicago

JAMA. 1979;242(12):1297. doi:10.1001/jama.1979.03300120051029

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Two decades ago, Drs Meyer Friedman and Ray Rosenman presented the concept of a type A coronaryprone-style of behavior—a person struggling chronically and excessively, trying to obtain an unlimited number of things from his environment in the shortest possible period.

The type A person was further described as aggressive, competitively hostile, hard driving, work directed, ambitious, and preoccupied with work and avocational deadlines. The type B person did not possess the previously mentioned characteristics.

Coronary-Prone Behavior is a compendium of works presented at a forum at Eckerd College (St Petersburg, Fla) supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The book attempts to answer in a comprehensive manner questions in five major areas: (1) association—what the evidence that suggests a causal link between coronary prone behavior and coronary heart disease is, (2) assessment—how the coronary prone behavior pattern is assessed, (3) mechanisms—what the mechanisms that translate the behavioral pattern