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September 27, 1958

High Arterial Pressure

JAMA. 1958;168(4):470. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.03000040106022

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This book is presented "for consecutive reading and for reference on problems arising in practice." Those sections dealing with the several areas to which the author has made personal contributions are enthusiastically presented and are correspondingly interesting. The concept of essential hypertension as the culmination of a series of repetitive pressor episodes of varied origin accords with most current thinking. Chapters on the incidence and prognosis of hypertension provide useful statistical compendiums. The presentation is extensive but lacks proportion. Even the best sections devote much space to more or less irrelevant details and tend, thereby, towards tedium. Thus, it seems unnecessary to consider the ganglion blockers, including some of dubious marketability or interest, individually in such great detail. Some sections, notably, those removed from the author's direct interests, seem to have been assembled without much attempt at evaluation from a large but not comprehensive bibliography. Certain chapters do not convey

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