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October 12, 1984

Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease: Practical Management of the Risk Factors

Author Affiliations

Miami Heart Institute

JAMA. 1984;252(14):1935-1936. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350140071040

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In this volume Drs Kaplan and Stamler with the assistance of 22 other contributors have given us the most up-to-date and comprehensive review of the epidemiology and prevention of coronary heart disease.

Frankly, I approached the work with trepidation, expecting a dull, repetitious presentation, after coming across a dismayingly long sentence near the beginning. My early expectations of more of the same proved groundless when the balance of the chapter, as well as the others, proved to be well written and of excellent content.

"A number of factors have been identified and firmly established as risks for cardiovascular disease," write the editors. In 219 pages, the 24 contributors rarely repeat their material. A concise glossary follows the preface by Drs Kaplan and Stamler. Chapter 1, by Dr Kannel, consists of an overview of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Dr Strong in chapter 2 discusses the pediatric roots of atherosclerosis.