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December 1929


Author Affiliations

Fellow in Medicine, The Mayo Foundation ROCHESTER, MINN.

From the Medical Division of the Mayo Clinic and the Mayo Foundation.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1929;44(6):877-881. doi:10.1001/archinte.1929.00140060092010

The study of large groups of persons seems to establish a definite relationship between the weight of the body and the arterial blood pressure. Faber,1 in his report of 1,000 approximately normal children between the ages of 4 and 16 years, showed a striking and corresponding rise in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure with a rise in body weight in each group. Since arteriosclerosis and other diseases which predispose to arterial hypertension may be excluded in these persons, the evidence of the relationship of body weight to blood pressure appears even more conclusive. That deviation from the normal body weight is associated with definite variation in blood pressure in otherwise normal persons is well demonstrated by Symonds.2 His review of the results of 150,419 examinations for life insurance revealed steplike variations in the blood pressure between the various groups. There was a fall in both systolic and diastolic blood