Medicine: Coronaries & Cholesterol

On opposite sides of San Francisco Bay, two teams of University of California researchers hold different theories about the cause of hardening of the arteries. On the east side, in the Berkeley campus' Donner Laboratory, Dr. John Gofman leans to the theory that giant cholesterol molecules are to blame (TIME, June 5, 1950). Now, from the University's School of Medicine on the west side, comes strong evidence to the contrary. Cholesterol, according to Drs. Henry D. Moon and James F. Rinehart, does not cause hardening of the arteries, and is not even much of a factor until the disease is well...

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