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May 8, 1948


JAMA. 1948;137(2):147-148. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890360029011

Kempner1 reported striking therapeutic effects in a majority of his patients with hypertension by the use of a diet of rice, fruit and fruit juice. From their tests on experimental hypertensive dogs, confirmatory tests of these effects were reported by Dick and Schwartz2 of the Department of Medicine, The University of Chicago. Hypertension was produced in these dogs by the intravenous injection of streptococci.3 The initial mean arterial blood pressure of 120.3 mm. of mercury was increased to an average of 181.6 mm. of mercury by such injections. The hypertension was maintained at this high level for two to four years. During this period the dogs were fed on meat and dog biscuits, approximately 900 calories per day. This routine diet was changed for eight

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