ELENA CITKOWITZ, M.D.
To the editor: Taylor and associates (1) state that they wish to provide a model to determine how much benefit to expect from a dietary program to reduce serum cholesterol. But the only benefit considered was increased life expectancy. The goal of medicine is not just to extend the life span; were that the case, most of what physicians do would be purposeless. Helping people to stay healthy and to lead active, vigorous lives seems a more reasonable goal, and is also likely to be associated with increased life expectancy. By focusing only on the potential of dietary reduction of
CITKOWITZ E. Cholesterol Reduction and Life Expectancy. Ann Intern Med. ;107:255–256. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-107-2-255_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;107(2):255-256.
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