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November 28, 1986

Coronary Disease Among United States Soldiers Killed in Action in KoreaPreliminary Report

Author Affiliations

U.S. Army; Army of the U.S.
From the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D. C.

JAMA. 1986;256(20):2859-2862. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03380200097028
Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to describe and analyze the gross lesions found in the coronary arteries of United States soldiers killed in action in Korea. The histology will be discussed in detail in a subsequent paper as will such pertinent data as race, body build, and personal habits.

MATERIAL  Recently 300 autopsies were performed on United States battle casualties in Korea. Most of these soldiers were killed in action or suffered accidental death in front line areas. The coronary arteries were carefully dissected in all cases. No case in which there was known clinical evidence of coronary disease was included in this series.The average age in 200 cases was 22.1 years. The ages in the first 98 cases were not recorded except that the oldest patient was 33. In the entire series, the youngest recorded age was 18 and the oldest 48.

FINDINGS  In 77.3% of the

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