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April 1931

Arterial Hypertension.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1931;47(4):674. doi:10.1001/archinte.1931.00140220163012

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This book on hypertension represents a peculiar mixture of good and bad. It fills a certain need by its comprehensive review of the physiologic, pathologic and clinical concepts established as a result of the classic studies of Janeway, Allbutt and others. It contains a complete bibliography for the most part, and this is well indexed. Most of the general problems of hypertension are adequately discussed, although the interest of the reader is often dulled by the ponderous diction, the forced analogies and the unnecessary repetition. Certain deficiencies and omissions are conspicuous. Thus, the pathology of the retinal changes and even the ophthalmoscopic observations are dealt with poorly. There is no chapter on experimental hypertension. The chapter on renal reserve contains an unusual amount of extraneous material, including an unclear and none too critical discussion of the theories of the formation of urine. The most serious difficulties, however, are encountered in

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