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Coronary Heart Disease

David H. Spodick, MD
JAMA. 1971;217(9):1247. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190090069026.
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At last, a symposium really worth publishing! Most of the 83 distinguished participants have avoided that cardinal sin of so many symposia—offering tired contributions to justify a junket to the oral sessions. In the present volume we have a series of well-written and appropriately illustrated papers, relatively short, and superbly organized. They amply cover coronary disease, including anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, and every form of modern treatment. Panel discussions, illuminating and often witty, effectively clarify most topics and develop further controversial points.

Significant areas are considered in timely, authoritative presentations whose authorship accurately proclaims their quality, notably: Keys on cholesterol and allied culprits; a well-balanced exposition of the pathogenetic role of behavior patterns by Rosenman and Friedman; Raab's learned polemic on metabolic vs "coronary" [sic] etiology of myocardial necrosis; Kannel, Castelli, and colleagues on risk factors—the best statistical distillate from the Framingham Study; Texon on the hydraulic induction of atheroma;


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