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November 8, 1958


JAMA. 1958;168(10):1377. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.03000100079015

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Only a few years ago wives, sociologists, and clergymen the country over were viewing with alarm the picture of the husband so engrossed in his job that, instead of frolicking with his family at the end of a day's work, he would bring home a briefcase crammed with more business toil. The situation still may be an alarming one, but now there is a kind of reverse phenomenon that poses a more formidable problem: the employee or executive who carries his home troubles to work.

This is a problem of little-realized but huge proportions, affecting not merely the individual and his family but the community and even the nation at large. The economic loss is staggering, the attendant interpersonal impacts are imposing and the resulting total challenge to medicine is a great one indeed. A special article on page 1363 of this issue in the new Medicine at Work section

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