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August 1965

The Coronary Club, A Cheerful Tale.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(2):312. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870020152037

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This is a delightful little book written charmingly by a man who apparently has been a professor at Dartmouth. Fifteen years ago he suffered a heart attack and now he relates well his emotions, his experiences, and the good use he made of his experience. Would to God that every man who had a heart attack could accept it as wisely and urbanely as this man has done. When told he had had a heart attack, Mr. West maintains that he was not shocked, having been reasonably sure of it from the beginning.

Interestingly, he says that he did not mind when he lost his belief in a personal immortality because he was "unable to consider a worse fate than to have to live forever." When a minister kept calling on him, he finally accepted him "as a friend, and not as a Man of God." When asked if he

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