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Letters Hypercholesterolaemia

Should medical science ignore the past?

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 16 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1681
  1. Uffe Ravnskov, independent researcher1
  1. 1Magle Stora Kyrkogata 9, 22350 Lund, Sweden
  1. ravnskov{at}

    For their article on hypercholesterolaemia and its management Bhatnagar et al selected reviews only if they included “extensive recent references,”1 thereby missing important knowledge from the past [full list of references in rapid response].2 Let me elaborate:

    • No association between cholesterol and degree of atherosclerosis has been found in postmortem studies of unselected individuals

    • High cholesterol is not a risk factor …

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