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In Memory of Edward H. Ahrens

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William H. Ahrens, MD

Edward H. Ahrens, MD, renowned cholesterol researcher and vocal advocate of patient-oriented research, died December 9, 2000. Dr Ahrens' innovative research shed light on the nature of saturated and unsaturated fats and their differing effects on serum cholesterol levels. Chris Saudek, who names Ahrens (known to his colleagues as “Pete”) as the primary influence that led him to a career in medicine, summed up the tremendous impact Ahrens' research has had on society: “Almost everyone now knows that eating saturated fat will increase their cholesterol. This observation was Pete's.” Ahrens, along with his colleagues, was also a pioneer in the use of countercurrent distribution and column and gas-liquid chromatography.

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