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September 24, 1938

HYPERTENSION AND HEALTH DIAGNOSIS: A STUDY OF ONE HUNDRED CASES

Author Affiliations

BOSTON; Consultant in Physical Fitness and Assistant Medical Director, Respectively, Aetna Life Insurance Company HARTFORD, CONN.

JAMA. 1938;111(13):1174-1178. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790390030009
Abstract

The following study of hypertension was made from the point of view of health diagnosis, namely, determination of the causes of impaired health that may or may not be the causes of disease.

The data for individual health diagnosis were obtained from five sources, as follows:

  • A health history, to ascertain causes of impaired growth and development and of nervous instability.

  • A physical fitness examination, to determine the present state of health and the physical defects.

  • A check-up of the twenty faulty health habits which were found by clinical work with so-called healthy adults to be the most serious causes of impaired health.

  • A check-up of daily programs of living from the time of rising until bedtime at night.

  • A check-up of food habits, including the total daily intake of calories, the amount taken at each meal, the balance and the vitamin content.

The physical

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