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August 24, 1957

Introduction to Symposium on Fats in Human Nutrition

JAMA. 1957;164(17):1890. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.62980170002007

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Interest in the role of fats in human nutrition has been stimulated markedly in recent years by research findings which suggest that dietary fat may be implicated in the genesis of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. The possibility that dietary factors may influence a process that has been considered an inevitable consequence of aging is a real challenge to scientific investigation. Thus far, many studies have been carried out in several species of animals and in man, as well as in basic biochemistry, but much remains to be learned. The literature on fat metabolism, including relationships of dietary fat and serum lipids to disease of the blood vessels, is so extensive that it is difficult for the practicing physician to evaluate this mass of information. The purpose of this symposium is to review the current status of knowledge in this field, to attempt to differentiate facts from hypotheses, to indicate

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