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August 30, 1930


JAMA. 1930;95(9):666-667. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720090028013

Blood pressure presents a phenomenon that engages the attention of the physician in connection with a large number of his patients. He no longer depends, in the majority of instances, on that skilful tactus eruditus which supplied the helpful information regarding arterial tension that was sought by the practitioners of an earlier generation. The loss of skill in the unaided examination of the superficial arteries by the present generation of clinicians has been decried by more than one writer on current diagnostic procedure. Nevertheless the measurement of the pressure of blood in the arteries by means of instruments of precision has become a part of the present-day physician's routine of examination of patients. He acts on the evidence that it affords in making his judgments as to treatment or the management of disease. One may question whether the data secured with the manometer are often as accurate or informative as

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