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October 22, 1904

The Clinical Study of Blood Pressure. A Guide to the Use of the Sphygmomanometer in Medical, Surgical and Obstetrical Practice, with a Summary of the Experimental and Clinical Facts Relating to the Blood Pressure in Health and in Disease.

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(17):1244. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500170062020

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Dr. Janeway's book on the clinical study of blood pressure is the first complete work on this subject. As the study of blood pressure outside the laboratory is rather new and the interest in it is rapidly increasing, this work is an important contribution to American medical literature. The book is divided into three parts: physiological, technical and clinical. In the first part the author discusses blood pressure in the normal man. He gives the general features of arterial circulation, the factors which determine blood pressure and the various elements influencing it. This chapter is especially valuable in showing how to recognize normal variations in blood pressure, a knowledge essential to the interpretation of blood pressure readings under pathologic conditions. In the chapter on technic, the author gives the development of the sphygmomanometer. He describes each of the modern instruments, giving the method of use, advantages, defects, maker and cost.

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