By Arthur Ruskin, M.D. Price, $9.50. Pp. 358, with illustrations. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Ill., 1956.
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Those interested in heart disease, in hypertension, in medical classics, and in medical history will greet the collection of reprints gathered by Ruskin in "Classics in Hypertension" with enthusiastic pleasure. Though it seems to be written into the definition of an anthologist that he omits one's favorite item, I think that no one could find fault with the selection of essays, monographs, and papers included in this volume. The book is divided into two sections, one dealing with methods, the other and larger one, with significance. Ruskin has included a few relatively unknown contributions which are justly considered classics. Omission of the little-known contributions of Hagen to the flow of small tubes done independently and somewhat before Poiseuille's work is not surprising. Recently I called attention to this forgotten discoverer, whom I found out about in Hunter Rouse's "History of Hydraulics."
Ruskin himself provided all the translations for this book
Bean WB. Classics in Arterial Hypertension.. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;102(1):168. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260190170029