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May 4, 1957

Classics in Arterial Hypertension

JAMA. 1957;164(1):113. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980010115031

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The aim of this anthology is to accumulate, in one convenient volume, "past eminences" and "peaks of achievement" in the field of hypertension. Older, merely allusive, pre-Halesian material is briefly surveyed in the introduction. The next 120 pages deal with methods from Hales to Korotkov and the remainder with clinical and physiological descriptions, ending with Goldblatt's description of experimental renal hypertension in dogs. The selections are well arranged, so that the book is both informative and inclusive. Everyone will not agree with Dr. Ruskin's opinion that hypertension due to buffer nerve section (Koch and Mies, 1929) is transitory, although he says that it is labile.

The failure to include quotations from Janeway's book has the reasonable explanation that that book has no priority, for credit for the material therein goes to Allbutt and, before him, to Mahomed. Nevertheless, Janeway's book had a profound influence on medical thinking in this country

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