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August 4, 1956

Hypertension: A Manual for Patients with High Blood Pressure

JAMA. 1956;161(14):1428. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970140084023

The second edition of this highly readable book for the patient with hypertension and for other laymen interested in hypertension upholds the high standard of scientific accuracy of the first edition. The need filled by the latter was evidenced by six printings over a period of eight years. The author wisely points out that no book can replace the warmth, understanding, and counsel of the physician. With exceptional clarity, the book accomplishes the three tasks that the author sets for himself, namely, to explain what hypertension is, to explain the purposes of the various examinations given patients with hypertension, and to give the reason for procedures employed in the management of hypertension. Patient confidence should not be reduced, but enhanced, by the controlled frankness with which the author evaluates the shortcomings of our knowledge of the pathogenesis and treatment of hypertension. There is a lucid discussion of arteriosclerosis and its

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