January 1958


Author Affiliations

Associate in Medicine Metropolitan Hospital Division New York Medical College Metropolitan Medical Center 1450 Bryant Ave. Bronx, N. Y.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;101(1):155. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260130169017

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To the Editor:  —It is with great interest that I read in the July, 1957, issue of your Archives the article (by G. V. Mann) "Essential Fatty Acids and Atherosclerosis," especially his concluding remark on the fact that "... we obscure this problem by equating atherosclerosis and coronary thrombosis." As a matter of fact, I hope you will find interesting the following observations: While on a tour through Africa, I noticed (and this is a wellestablished and universally known fact) that coronary sclerosis is extremely rare among the native (Negro) population in Central and South Africa, whose intake of fats is rather very low, but common (and in some places even very common) among the whites—whose food habits are, more or less, like our own habits in the United States. Now all this is well known. But what seems to me rather little known is the fact—brought to my attention by

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