Coronary Artery Disease

Genes, Drugs and the Agricultural Connection

Edited by

  • Ole Faergeman, MD, MDSc, Professor of Preventive Cardiology, Department of Medicine & Cardiology, Aarhus Amtssygehus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark

This book is less about coronary artery disease than it is about certain contexts that author believes are important for a better understanding of this disease and several others. The contexts are biological, clinical, managerial, social and historical, and each chapter is an inquiry into one or more of them. A theme common especially to the last chapters is that the balance between principle and diversity, or between Platonic idealism and Aristotelian empiricism, has been shifted too far in favour of the former, and that this imbalance is inimical to science, agriculture and clinical medicine. A major theme of this book is that we cannot rely on molecular biology and biotechnology to provide solutions to coronary artery disease. Instead, government must integrate health policy with policies for science, industry, urban planning and agriculture.
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Book information

  • Published: May 2003
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-51396-0


...This book is about policy, not dietary practices or political advocacy, and Færgeman leaves us on our own to work out how to apply his important lessons. ...A medical degree of degree in science are not required to follow Færgeman's clear text and painstakingly developed explanations.
M. Nestle, Nature, 2003

...Færgeman wrote his book not only for clinicians and researchers, but also for the interested general reader. As a consequence, parts of the book may be too intricate for laymen and others too elementary for health professionals. But many will enjoy his narrative style, which is liberally interspersed with anecdotes and historical quotations.
J.M.A. Boer, The Lancet, 2004
...On going through Færgeman's text, I began by marking the passages I would have liked to quote in my review, but they proved far too numerous. Instead I encourage readers of the JRSM get a copy for themselves. This work offers more hope for controlling coronary disease than can ever be had from popping pills.
H. Tunstall-Pedoe, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 2004
...Ole Færgeman ...has written a book about coronary artery disease and much more. ...his story is explicitly referenced and well-based in fact. A medical degree or a degree in science are not required to follow Færgeman's clear text and painstakingly developed explanations.
F.C. Luft, Journal of Molecular Medicine, 2004

Table of Contents

Foreword (P.A. Poole-Wilson). Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. Coronary artery disease before 1920. 2. Coronary artery disease 1920-2000. 3. Coronary artery disease after 2000: Epidemiologic transitions. 4. The cholesterol controversy. 5. Food and coronary artery disease. 6. The agricultural connection. 7. Diversity, complexity and human disease. 8. Biotechnology and the marriage of university and industry. 9. Medicalization. 10. Managing medicine. Conclusions. Appendix 1: A crash course in coronary artery disease. Appendix 2: A mini-course on fats. Index.