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By prospect   July 2006

Austerity is good for you

Experts were left scratching their heads by a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association which found that levels of heart disease and diabetes among the richest third of Americans aged 55-64 were commensurate with the poorest third of Britons of the same age. A letter in the Boston Globe attempted to explain the mystery. The middle-aged reader from Saarbrucken stated that Germans of his generation had long believed they were particularly healthy because of the spartan deprivations of their childhood. Brits and Germans in the late 1940s and early 1950s…

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