The CVD Dinner — December 3, 1971
Ancel Keys addresses the assembled subjects of the MN Business and Professional Men Study, the “CVD Men,” or “guinea pigs.” The assembly on 3 December 1971 was prior to Keys’s retirement announced for June 1972 and was some 24 years after the opening of this first CVD epidemiology cohort study.
Keys’s talk is a model of clear communications to an intelligent lay audience. It is also the only recorded source of Keys’s “explanation” for the inadequate sample size and of the selection criteria for the study. Keys makes no reference to his impending formal retirement at the University of Minnesota, despite the major encomium honoring Keys by Carleton Chapman delivered on the same 1971 occasion.