WELDON J. WALKER, M.D.
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To the editor: The article by Goldman and Cook (1) mistakenly identified 1968 as the first year of the decline in ischemic heart disease mortality rates. This prevalent misconception warrants comment. Many medical scholars, including leaders of the American Heart Association, indicated that the epidemic increase in coronary mortality continued unabated through the 1960s and the early 1970s. A 1974 report (2) pointed out that the Vital Statistics of the United States showed a steady decline during most of the previous decade. This finding proved surprising to many physicians and embarrassing to some.
In 1968 the Eighth International Classification of
WALKER WJ. Mortality Rates for Ischemic Heart Disease. Ann Intern Med. ;102:718–719. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-102-5-718
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(5):718-719.
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