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Sept 21, 1984

Meyer Friedman: type A behavior cardiovascular research continues

JAMA. 1984;252(11):1385-1393. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350110001001

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The A. he small office of Meyer Friedman, MD, in the Harold Brunn Institute at San Francisco's Mt Zion Medical Center is cluttered with new additions to his rare medical book collection, photographs of people and places, a 1982 calendar, three worn briefcases bulging with work, and videotape cassettes of type A subjects.

Taking a cup of decaffeinated coffee from the thermos on his desk, Friedman settles his small frame into a battered black leather desk chair and declares: "My most controversial medical contribution remains the indictment of type A behavior as a coronary risk factor. Many doctors still are reluctant to believe time urgency and free-floating hostility are killers."

Q: Even now? A quarter of a century after you and R. H. Rosenman, MD, published the first of your type A articles in JAMA (1959;169:1286-1296)?

Friedman: "Even now. To recognize the type A behavior as a disease, you must