February 1962

The Treatment of Hypertension

Author Affiliations

By Sir George Pickering, William Ian Cranston, and Michael Andrew Pears. Price, not given. Pp. xi + 175. American Lecture Series; Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Ill., 1961.

Arch Intern Med. 1962;109(2):249. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620140121022

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The senior author's current interest in casting out hypertension as an entity (vide his new book on The Nature of Hypertension) gives this volume some of the flavor of a text on the chemotherapy of Mortal Error by a Christian Scientist. This paradox is not wholly resolved by the opening statement that "this little book has provided the authors with an opportunity to try to reconcile the antithesis between the science and the art of medicine." I do not admit an anti-thesis exists; in the last analysis, science is artistic and art is scientific, and they are the two sides of the coin of human or intellectual endeavor which should fuse knowledge (science) with wisdom (art). Medicine that is self-consciously "artistic" to the exclusion of science is close to quackery, and medicine that tries to be "scientific" to the exclusion of art has the same vice. But, admitting their premise

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