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October 19, 1929

The Clinical Aspects of Venous Pressure.

JAMA. 1929;93(16):1246. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710160060039

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The author is a professor of physiology and an attending hospital physician as well. It is not surprising, therefore, to find him presenting his subject in a manner that is both scientific and practical, based on knowledge of facts and principles derived from laboratory and experimental study and obtained by observation and experience at the bedside. This dual type of presentation, when successful, as it is here, is eminently satisfactory and convincing. There are discussed the principles underlying normal venous pressure, the causes of abnormal pressure, the methods of determining such changes, and their clinical importance. The author shows that in the final analysis a trend toward a higher general venous pressure is brought about only by a failing heart muscle. Venous pressure, then, is to the physician a valuable index of the efficiency of the myocardium. If carefully observed it will be found to be the first sign of

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