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January 7, 1956

High Blood Pressure

JAMA. 1956;160(1):87. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960360089030

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Abstract

Dr. Pickering is well qualified to write a book on high blood pressure, and he has done it well. This is a textbook for studious physicians; the busy practitioner might find himself beyond his depth. The book covers all aspects of high blood pressure. This is perhaps its weakest point because of the manifest impossibility of anyone's presenting a balanced and documented picture in so short a space. It does, however, present the reasoning of one perceptive investigator, and for this reason alone the book is important. In a world increasingly filled with uncorrelated facts, the attempt to draw generalities from the particulars wherever possible is commendable. The speculative and often didactic clinical approach reflects Pickering's intellectual proximity to continental teachings. As Americans perhaps we tend too much to strip our knowledge down to the bone. We have been taught too much to fear speculation and clinical authoritarianism.

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