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March 9, 1957


JAMA. 1957;163(10):873. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970450075018

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To the Editor:—  Beck's notable contributions to cardiac surgery put the public and the medical profession greatly in his debt. The figures that he and his colleagues have published are plain for anyone to see and are in no need of the gilding they have received in the article by Brofman in the Dec. 29 issue of The Journal, page 1603. This paper is so controversial that some comments are necessary regarding a few of the statements that are unintentionally confusing: 1. "By its very nature. this process [coronary artery disease] is progressive and eventually fatal." The reader can only guess at what the author means by the first phrase. The rest of the sentence is contradicted by evidence that is at hand for every clinician and certainly for every pathologist. Any large series of autopsies shows that many old infarcts and coronary atheromas of advanced degree and long standing

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