Medicine: Tobacco Heart?

Is smoking a cause of heart disease? This perennial question exercised a group of eminent doctors at the American Medical Association meeting last summer. Last week the Journal of the A. M. A. printed their arguments. The doctors puffed clouds of argumentative smoke.

Dr. Frederick Arthur Willius of the Mayo Clinic presented a statistical study (compiled with a couple of pals) comparing the health of several thousand smokers and non-smokers who had visited the clinic. Conclusions: 1) in 569 smokers between the ages of 40 and 59, there was three times as much heart...

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