Bal Harbour, Fla—A patient with high
blood pressure arrives at his annual checkup after another sedentary year.
His physician, who has sketchy knowledge about hypertension, sees that the
patient has gained 12 lbs and that his blood pressure remains high. She lectures
the patient about the importance of willpower in overcoming his life-threatening
shortcomings. Without a thought about prescribing one of the several effective
antihypertensives, she dismisses the patient, shakes her head, and murmurs
to herself about the seemingly hopeless plight of "those hypertensives."
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