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November 29, 1958


Author Affiliations

Olympia, Wash.

JAMA. 1958;168(13):1740-1744. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.03000130006002

The fact that the medical profession as a group has a higher mortality from heart disease than its counterpart in the general population should give cause for serious reflection. Nervous strain may well be a factor in the higher heart disease mortality. Another possible explanation for the poor record of physicians as far as heart disease is concerned is the lack of daily physical exercise. The problem must be worked out by each individual physician. First, establish a way of life that includes reasonable respect for your own health. Make regular daily exercise a part of your routine. If nervous tension cannot be avoided, compensate with adequate vacations. Finally, have a physical check-up each year.