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March 3, 1951

Introduction to the Regulation of Blood Pressure and Heart Rate

JAMA. 1951;145(9):685. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920270079041

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Dr. Heymans is the recipient of a Nobel prize for work on vasomotor regulatory mechanisms. This short, introductory manual is written on a basic level and makes no pretense of being a comprehensive reference source. The author, relying heavily on work from his laboratory in past years, has presented in concise outline his concepts of the control of blood pressure and heart rate. The style is clear and readable, but because of brevity is inclined to be didactic. Discussion of the carotid sinus and aortic arch buffer mechanism is well organized and comprises the bulk of the subject matter. A few elementary paragraphs on shock are included, and experimental neurogenic hypertension is mentioned briefly. The bibliography is necessarily limited. The book is well printed, and the text is accompanied with a number of clear, diagrammatic illustrations, some of which have appeared previously. It does not, however, materially supplement the information

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