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September 5, 1959

Hypertension: The First Hahnemann Symposium on Hypertensive Disease

JAMA. 1959;171(1):127. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010190129030

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In this report of a symposium held in Philadelphia by a large group of expert clinicians and research workers in the field, the emphasis is on the clinical aspects of hypertension. The book is divided into sections on the pathology and clinical aspects of hypertension, on basic concepts of etiology, on pharmacology, on the role of salt and diuretics, and on surgery. Each section is followed by verbatim reports of the discussion.

Most readers have mixed feelings about books of this sort. They seem to be necessary lest anyone think symposia cater only to the selected few. On the other hand, one must admit that few readers have the time or patience to digest so great an amount of disorganized talk; only reviewers are required to do so. This book contains a vast amount of information and an equally vast amount of contradictory material. Those inexpert in the field would

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