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December 1957

Coronary Heart Disease.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;100(6):1018. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260120162024

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Coronary heart disease, a still not quite satisfactory term for a state of affairs for which we have no exact descriptive label, has quite properly become one of the medical obsessions of our time. Not only are doctors apparently peculiarly liable to the disease but there is no doubt that its actual incidence has risen alarmingly in the past two to three decades over and above what an aging population or an increasingly accurate diagnostic ability of practitioners could have produced. This book by Plotz is surprisingly up to date. It contains much of the current and agitated rumblings about essential fatty acids and cholesterol in relation to coronary artery disease. One of the excellent features of the book is the series of detailed case reports which can be studied with pleasure and profit. Every now and then a cheerful comment creeps into a bleak subject. For instance, with dealing

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