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December 23, 1944

The Blood Pressure and Its Disorders Including Angina Pectoris

JAMA. 1944;126(17):1121. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850520063028

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This little monograph, with its overly ambitious title and high price, is concerned primarily with a thorough discussion of the theory, technic and interpretation of tonoscillographic mensuration of the vascular tension. As a research monograph on this particular phase of abnormal physiology of the circulation it is a stimulating book of interest to those internists and investigators concentrating their attention on hypertensive arterial disease. To others it offers little that is useful. The approach to the multifaceted and complex problems of circulatory disease lacks breadth of view and clinical insight. Etiology, pathogenesis and prognosis are mentioned only superficially. The discussion of therapy in hypertension in general and for angina pectoris in particular is a curious mixture of archaic and modern concepts. It was rather a shock to discover the author advocating blood letting in angina pectoris. As an alternative he suggests a "reduction of blood volume by a diet low

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