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April 17, 1948

What You Can Do for High Blood Pressure

JAMA. 1948;136(16):1071. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890330061029

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It is difficult for a physician, in writing a book of medical advice for laymen, to avoid the pitfalls of being too technical or too condescending and of magnifying or minimizing symptoms unduly. In his book Dr. Steincrohn has succeeded well in keeping to the safe middle ground. In a chatty, friendly manner he discusses the influence of the emotions on blood pressure and suggests ways by which an individual can learn to control his frame of mind at least to some extent.

Most experienced physicians will agree emphatically with the author's opening statement that "more persons are concerned about the actual height of their blood pressure than with the potential dangers of the atomic bomb." They will also agree with him that "patients have become too conscious of numerals as related to blood pressure." It is unfortunate that so many persons with elevated blood pressures believe that they must