Medicine: Cholesterol Controversy

On the hazards of obesity and the necessity for counting calories, the medical profession is almost unanimous. On the dangers of cholesterol and its role in heart disease, doctors remain stubbornly divided. In fact, says Manhattan's Dr. Arthur M. Master, one of the foremost of U.S. cardiologists, the current preoccupation with cholesterol is one of the heart-health fads on which "the ablest and most reputable physicians and scientists have diametrically opposed views."

The problem has been oversimplified for the layman, Dr. Master complains. Men with a lot of cholesterol in their blood tend to...

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