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March 7, 1936

High Blood Pressure and Its Common Sequelæ

JAMA. 1936;106(10):875-876. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770100123033

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This small volume presents a brief sketch of the major aspects of hypertensive disease. It cannot be classed as a comprehensive monograph. It reflects throughout the British background of the author and presents some original and apparently heretofore unpublished studies on the relationship of the arterial tension to habits of life. The observation that the average arterial tension of the rickshaw men, or "runners," is notably lower than the average for others of similar race but of most sedentary habits is interesting and thought provoking. The discussion of the etiology of hypertensive arterial disease, as is all of the book, is remarkable for its unbiased sanity but is wholly incomplete. The presentation of the cardiac phenomena of hypertension is concise and clear. The analysis of the problems of renal function impairment as it occurs in hypertension merely touches the surface and leaves out much that should be incorporated. The description

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