Medicine: Capsules, Feb. 21, 1955

¶ Although not a "direct danger," smoking causes harmful increases in the blood pressure and heart rate of heart-disease patients, reported three U.S. Public Health Service researchers in the A.M.A. Journal. Warned the Journal: "No patient with coronary disease should incur the added risk to his heart imposed by smoking without [consulting] his physician."

¶ In Houston, Surgeon W. Sterling Edwards reported the successful use of a prefabricated nylon tube to replace a damaged femoral artery. Within a month after the operation at the Medical College of Alabama, the patient had good circulation...

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