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November 20, 1943

Hypertension: A Manual for Patients With High Blood Pressure

JAMA. 1943;123(12):798. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840470064031

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An accurate and illuminating explanation of disease states written for patients is often a useful aid to practicing physicians. Such patient "manuals" are particularly helpful when dealing with chronic disorders. Almost all patients when first informed that they have hypertensive disease are pathetically bewildered by what it is all about. Furthermore, the popular concepts of "high blood pressure" are as confused and as full of false belief as Axis propaganda. Therefore this little book should prove most useful as an introductory primer for hypertensive patients. The author has wisely adopted a dogmatic method of presentation. Every statement is justified by clinical experience or sound experimental observations. Where recent discoveries are mentioned, the author cautions against their overenthusiastic or blindly credulous acceptance; the healthy skepticism of the scientist is evident. The text in no way intrudes on the role of the attending physician in the management of hypertension; it does not

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