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December 30, 1950


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Kfar Neter, Israel.

JAMA. 1950;144(18):1586. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920180050019

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To the Editor:—  In recent numbers of The Journal there have appeared many controversial papers and letters about the role and value of the salt intake and restriction of hypertensive patients. For Frederick M. Allen the etiological role of salt excess seems to be established, while Paul D. White and his associates and Arthur M. Master and co-workers hold that efforts to lower the blood pressure by means of drugs or strict low sodium or rice diets may be unnecessary for most hypertensive persons.One is astonished that in all the numerous papers about this subject no reference is made to the methods of the French school. Pasteur Vallery-Radot writes in his booklet "Premières vérités (ou soidisant telles) des maladies de renies" (1937) that the French determine whether the patient has a dry or humid retention of sodium or chloride and prescribe a rigorous salt-free diet only if the patient

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