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The climate of southern Maine during the summer months is decidedly bracing in character, and has many advantages in the treatment of diseases of the circulation which have developed as a result of mental overwork and worry in persons otherwise healthy. These patients we sometimes speak of as cases of secondary low arterial tension, because they are suffering from a failure of the circulation secondary to vascular strain. It is, however, better to speak of them as the later stages of hypertonia vasorum, because so many while suffering from the effects of a failing circulation, nevertheless, do not exhibit at all times the low tension to which they have a strong tendency. Increased or excessive vessel tone has its origin in other conditions than organic disease of the kidneys or blood vessels.
Hypertonia vasorum of nervous origin is a distinctly modern disease, and although it has been noticed by older
BISHOP LF. THE CLIMATE OF SOUTHERN MAINE IN THE TREATMENT OF THE LATER STAGES OF HYPERTONIA VASORUM.. JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(16):1350. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220420042002e
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