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March 2, 1957


JAMA. 1957;163(9):743. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970440039013

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Heart attacks each year dramatically personalize to many Americans the effects of stresses and other factors on the human heart. The public's concern for its own collective heart reaches a new high that washes waves of inquiries upon doctors whenever a prominent person is stricken.

Scientists publicly claim that cholesterol should be more thoroughly investigated as a culprit in heart disease. Reading and hearing more about nutrition, many people have become increasingly concerned with their diet as it affects their hearts. Words and phrases like cholesterol, unsaturated fatty acids, atherosclerosis, animal and vegetable fats, and lipoprotein are tossed at them in conversation, in print, and in gatherings—and, inevitably, the words bounce around their doctors' offices. And so the average citizen is bound to ask his doctor: "Is it true that fatty foods will hurt my heart? Am I drinking so much milk and eating so many eggs that my arteries

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