Medicine: Bowel Bypass

Though doctors are not yet sure that lowering the amount of cholesterol in a patient's blood will help to protect him against heart attacks, they are willing to try almost anything to find out. At Los Angeles, Dr. Henry Buchwald, 31, of the University of Minnesota's famed pioneering department of surgery, told the Heart Association that an operation on the small bowel may be the most effective way to lower the blood's content of cholesterol permanently.

Old Roadbed. The theory underlying the operation depends on a set of strange biochemical facts. Whether or not...

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