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Stress: The Invisible Hand in Eastern Europe's Death Rates

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Science  09 Jun 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5472, pp. 1732-1733
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5472.1732

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BUDAPEST-- The end of communism opened up a life of economic uncertainty in the Eastern Bloc. And that, say some social scientists, may be exerting a deadly effect on residents, whose high expectations that their lives would improve were quickly dashed by the bumpy transition to a market economy. Disillusionment led to stress and depression, and depression was a harbinger of death.