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December 1929

The Clinical Aspects of Venous Pressure.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1929;44(6):908-909. doi:10.1001/archinte.1929.00140060123014

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This book contains an excellent and clear discussion of the physiology of cardiac function and its relationship to arterial and venous pressure. The method of measuring venous pressure as devised by Hooker and Eyster and later modified by Eyster is given in full detail. The relationship of increased venous pressure to the various signs and symptoms of cardiac failure is adequately demonstrated, and it is pointed out that single readings mean little while the course of the venous pressure curve has much more significance. The author franky admits that the usefulness of venous pressure estimation is limited to the narrow field of cardiac failure since a high venous pressure is found in practically no other general conditions. There is, however, no definite evidence that in the ordinary ambulatory case with fairly good cardiac reserve, a venous pressure determination would tell one more as to prognosis in regard to eventual failure

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