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December 31, 1927

Blood-Pressure, Its Clinical Applications.

JAMA. 1927;89(27):2280. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690270046029

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This opens with two excellent chapters on physiologic considerations. A discussion of the instruments for estimating blood pressure is followed by chapters on capillary and venous pressure, normal and abnormal blood pressure, and the functional efficiency of the circulation as determined by blood pressure estimation and allied tests. One serviceable test, the cardiorespiratory test of Frost, is not included. Then come chapters on hypotension, blood pressure in infectious disease, arterial hypertension, blood pressure in cardiac disease, in arteriosclerosis, in relation to the endocrine glands, in diseases of the central nervous system, in surgery, in obstetrics and in ophthalmology, the last four by specialists in those branches. All recent work on blood pressure is covered completely. As might be expected, no definite conclusions are drawn, for that is impossible in view of the little really known about the etiology of pathologic blood pressures, whether above or below normal. The importance of

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