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December 1944

Hypertension and Hypertensive Disease.

Arch NeurPsych. 1944;52(6):557-558. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1944.02290360129018

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The authors have written about a subject of which they have extensive clinical experience. They are to be commended for their knowledge and their application of physiologic processes and technics in the elucidation of the problem of hypertension. The book is not meant as an encyclopedic treatise on hypertension but represents a body of opinion based on facts obtained by the authors in their own experience. The point is stressed that hypertensive disease and the therapeutic methods used for overcoming it cannot be evaluated in terms of the level of the blood pressure alone. The use of this criterion is shown to be a common error. It is the authors' opinion that hypertension continues unchanged despite any effect on the level of the blood pressure, and that the latter is merely a secondary sign of, and not a causative factor in, hypertensive disease.

Their most fruitful section is the portion