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March 20, 1926

Treatment of Kidney Diseases and High Blood Pressure. Part I. Practical Manual for Physicians and Patients.

JAMA. 1926;86(12):895. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670380085042

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Monographs based on personal experiences obtained under ideal conditions furnish the less experienced reader with the particular information he most desires. The larger volumes often leave the reader stranded as to which course to follow. Dr. Allen's book is intended for both the practitioner and the patient. It is, however, only in the selection of menus and in the performance of the simpler urine test that any benefit will accrue to the patient. In view of the increasing frequency of cardiovascular renal disease as disclosed by life insurance statistics and recruiting stations, the author believes that more attention should be paid to these conditions. He emphasizes the rôle of infections and feels that there is an inherited vulnerability to these diseases. Endocrine disturbances and absorption from the intestinal tract play no part in the etiology. All foci of infection should be removed, and watchfulness in the course of acute infectious

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