Introduction: The Roseto Mystery
• An outlier is something that is classified differently from other items in its similar group, such as a city that is different from other cities.
• Gladwell's first example of an outlier is the town of Roseto, Pennsylvania in the first half of the 20th century.
• Roseto was founded by Italian immigrants in the late 19th century and is centered around a local slate quarry business.
• The residents of Roseto are remarkably healthy when compared to other Americans. This makes Roseto an outlier.
• This aspect of Roseto was discovered by a visiting physician in the 1950's through a conversation with the local doctor.
• The local doctor says in the many years of treating the people of Roseto he has rarely seen anyone with heart disease.
• The visiting doctor is surprised and researches the town. He finds that Roseto does have a 30 to 35 percent lower incident...
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