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October 25, 1913

Blood-Pressure from the Clinical Standpoint.

JAMA. 1913;61(17):1561. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350180061028

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This book is written from the clinical standpoint. Comparatively little space is taken for the instruments and instrumental technic. The bulk of the work discusses the variations in blood-pressure and the conditions which cause them. The relations tions of blood-pressure to various diseases is discussed at considerable length. Therapeutics receives its full share of attention. The relative inefficiency of various drugs which have been heretofore relied on to increase the blood-pressure is clearly presented. The past generation of physicians were well convinced that digitalis, strychnin and several other drugs raised blood-pressure as part of their ordinary action. This is now disputed and a new attitude must be taken in regard to these old-time remedies. Similarly the older view thatt altitude raised the blood-pressure must give way to the results of observations which show that it produces little change, but that its influence is in the direction of depression rather than

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