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September 24, 1938

Diet and High Blood Pressure

JAMA. 1938;111(13):1237-1238. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790390093039

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This little book is prepared for lay consumption. In it Harris tries to preach his gospel with a fervor and enthusiasm truly unitarian in point of view. His "theories" anent the pathogenesis of arterial hypertension, as presented in an earlier, more medical, monograph ("High Blood Pressure"), have been previously reviewed in The Journal (Oct. 23, 1937, p. 1389). Therein he attempts to convince by reiteration that the primary etiologic responsibility in hypertensive arterial disease rests on high protein dietary and the renal injury through the implied necessity of increased renal work in excreting larger quantities of nitrogenous débris and especially urea. In the previous review it was remarked that this thesis is untenable in the light of modern scientific knowledge of hypertensive arterial disease. Harris's little book is fruitful of such dogmatic and almost bigoted statements as "All that is necessary, so far as eating is concerned, is that everybody

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