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August 16, 1952


Author Affiliations

From the Medical Service of the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital.

JAMA. 1952;149(16):1453-1457. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930330021007

This is a report of a study of 100 cases of benign essential hypertension followed personally by us for 10 to 34 years. Our purpose in making this study was threefold: (1) to add to the meager volume of valid published data concerned with the ordinary course of this disorder; (2) to seek clues that might explain the long life and favorable course in these cases, thereby increasing our capacity for making accurate prognoses; and (3) to make physicians more conscious of the fact that the course in many hypertensive patients may be a very benign one, compatible with long and effective living. If this last can be accomplished, judgments concerning patients with high blood pressure will be dominated less by the endstages of this disorder, with its dreaded hemiplegia, heart failure, or uremic poisoning, and patients should receive better and more reasonable therapy than many now do. It is