“Coronary heart disease” is not tautologous

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7314.695/a (Published 22 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:695
  1. Hugh Tunstall-Pedoe, professsor of cardiovascular epidemiology (h.tunstallpedoe@dundee.ac.uk)
  1. Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, University of Dundee, Dundee DD1 9SY

    EDITOR—Gilroy repeats a common misconception in suggesting that the term “coronary heart disease” is a new term and that it is a tautology.1 It is an established North American term, to be preferred to the British synonym “ischaemic heart disease,” which dominates recent editions of the International Classification of Diseases …

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