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August 4, 1951

Factors Regulating Blood Pressure: Transactions of the Fourth Conference, February 23-24, 1950, New York, N. Y.

JAMA. 1951;146(14):1362. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670140088040

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The purpose of the book is to present in only slightly edited form the presentations and discussion of a small group of very competent students of blood pressure. The coverage is broad and includes such topics as anatomical considerations, clinical criteria for diagnosis, renal changes, relationship of adrenal glands, arteritis of dietary origin, vasoexcitor and depressor materials, treatment of experimental renal hypertension with renin, purification of angiotonin, and measurement of the renin content of kidneys.

The beginner in the field would be completely baffled by the contradictions and inadequacies in logic that characterize all such informal conferences. Those more skilled in the topic and familiar with the personalities involved will find this volume a delight and heartily to be recommended, as are the three precedent companion volumes. They represent science in the raw before winnowing and logical rearrangement have changed its color and texture. Whether this is good or bad

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