Menopause and Coronary-Artery Heart Disease

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To the editor: The article by Gordon and colleagues (1) in the August 1978 issue, “Menopause and Coronary Heart Disease. The Framingham Study,” contained wording in the abstract that seemed inappropriate. Were the particular values arrived at from the statement, “… whether menopause was natural or surgical. In surgical menopause there was excess incidence whether the ovaries were removed or not?” It is impossible to have a surgical menopause unless the ovaries are removed, hence their statement needs further clarification, as does their data.

Table 1, column 1, indicates the type of menopause, and under the headings are

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