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November 2, 1912


JAMA. 1912;LIX(18):1649. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270110063034

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It is a tribute both to the success of the first edition of this work and to the progress of pathologic and clinical science that a new edition is demanded four years after the first. During this time the advances have been so great that the second edition is practically a new book. This is due largely to the increasing use of instruments for measuring blood-pressure in clinical work and the great expansion of our knowledge of the variations of blood-pressure and of the clinical relations of high arterial tension and its associated disease, arteriosclerosis. The chapter on blood-pressure has been wholly rewritten so as tomake clear to the physician the technic and the necessity for estimating both systolic and diastolic pressure. In a short introduction, Dr. W. S. Thayer calls attention to the too indiscriminate use of the term "arteriosclerosis," which has become so familiar to the public ear

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