Robert Atkins, M.D., developer of the popular but controversial low-carbohydrate Atkins Diet, died April 17 after having suffered a severe head injury outside his Manhattan clinic the previous week.
Atkins, 72, was walking to work April 8 when he fell on the sidewalk outside his office. A snowstorm followed by unusually cold temperatures had left New York City streets and sidewalks slippery. Atkins' colleague, Keith Berkowitz, M.D., was arriving at The Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine at the time and rushed Atkins to Cornell University Medical Center where he was operated on to relieve pressure that resulted from the head trauma.
A cardiologist by training, Atkins' high-protein diet was popularized in the '70s and had a renaissance in recent years, supported by the development of low-carbohydrate foods stocked by many naturals and specialty retailers.
He is survived by his wife, Veronica, and his mother, Norma Atkins.
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