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November 3, 1962

Fats, Cigarets and Cholesterol Discussed at Heart Meeting

JAMA. 1962;182(5):51-54. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050440103039

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A New York scientist reported evidence that fats carried to the arteries, presumably by the blood stream—and not those manufactured by the arteries themselves—play the dominant role in the formation of fat deposits found in atherosclerosis in humans.

Dr. Able Lazzarini-Robertson, Jr., associate professor of pathology at the New York University School of Medicine, told the American Heart Association's Council on Arteriosclerosis meeting in Cleveland, Oct. 24-30 that his findings offer further promise that a successful deterrent can be found to the disease.

The evidence which Lazzarini-Robertson presented stemmed from a series of experiments in which tissue patches from human arteries in early atherosclerotic states and from normal arteries were grown in test tubes. The tissues were fed nutrients radioactively tagged so that their journeys through the tissue could be logged. Lazzarini-Robertson said he found that both the diseased and normal