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
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CITKOWITZ E. Cholesterol Reduction and Life Expectancy. Ann Intern Med. 1987;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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