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Developmental Patterns of Coronary and Aortic Atherosclerosis in Young Negroes of Haiti and the United States.

Dale Groom, M.D., F.A.C.P.; Edward E. McKee, M.D.; Verginaud Pean, M.D.; and Edith Hudicourt, M.D.
Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(4):710. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-60-4-710_1
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Pathologic studies of adult Negroes of Haiti and of the same race in the United States have shown a major difference in severity of coronary atherosclerosis at all age decades above 20, with little or no difference in degree of aortic atherosclerosis. To determine how early in life this disparity in the development of coronary disease appears in the two populations was the goal of the present investigation. Hearts and aortas were obtained from 190 routine autopsies of Haitian and American Negroes from 30 years to infancy. Coronary arteries were meticulously dissected then graded on a scale of 0 to


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