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December 1971

Occupational Mobility and Coronary Heart Disease

Author Affiliations

Chapel Hill, NC; Claxton, Ga

From the departments of epidemiology (Drs. Kaplan, Cassel, Tyroler, Cornoni, and Kleinbaum) and biostatistics (Dr. Kleinbaum), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Hames is in private practice in Evans County, Georgia.

Arch Intern Med. 1971;128(6):938-942. doi:10.1001/archinte.1971.00310240092011

Using prevalence data of white men in Evans County, Ga, this paper studies the relationship between coronary heart disease (CHD) and social mobility. Two basic findings are (1) that in both types of mobility, intragenerational and intergenerational, persons in the two lower social classes are more at risk if upwardly mobile than the stable populations; and (2) that upwardly mobile persons among the upper social classes show lower rates than the stable, a reversal of the other finding.