Medicine: Capsules, Apr. 4, 1960

¶ Why smoking is dangerous and often painful for heart-attack victims was explained by researchers from Wayne State University (see EDUCATION). Patients volunteered to let them work two thin plastic tubes into their hearts and put a hollow needle into an arm artery. After three cigarettes, blood pressure and oxygen readings showed that the heart had to work much harder than usual but got little or no extra oxygen. Among the test's financial backers: the Tobacco Industry Research Committee.

¶ Cancer of the stomach used to kill more U.S. men than cancer at any other site, but has now declined so sharply...

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