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May 19, 1956

Your Blood Pressure and How to Live with It

JAMA. 1956;161(3):296. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970030114053

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This manual is written for the public by a practicing physician. It therefore exudes a certain warmth of experience and contains such headings as The Warnings of Hypertension, What Causes High Blood Pressure, What You Can Do For Yourself, Rules For the Hypertensive, and Living with Low Blood Pressure. Many of the exhortations and rules are illustrated with case histories that are distinctly "corny" and fictional for the physician reader but doubtless stimulating to the layman. One often wonders where medical writers find these uniquely illustrative cases. The advice given is certainly reasonable and consonant with modern practice but omits discussion of specific drugs that the patient may want to know about. The style of writing is easy and at points quite breezy. The book resembles its predecessors in the same field. Printing is clear and format good. The book can be recommended.

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