During the past year the major efforts of investigators in this field have been concentrated on the question of the renal factor in hypertension. The recent impetus to investigation has come from the work of Goldblatt, which has been discussed in previous reviews. As one might have supposed, search of the literature has brought to light prior discoveries of similar import which have been passed over and forgotten because their significance was not appreciated at the time they were made. Such discoveries in no way diminish the credit that is due Goldblatt, for, after all, they would have remained forgotten had it not been for the revival of interest aroused by his work.
In 1909 Theodore Janeway1 published a brief note on the changes in blood pressure following the reduction of the renal arterial circulation. He observed the blood pressure of dogs before and after ligation of branches of
McCANN WS. BRIGHT'S DISEASE: A REVIEW OF RECENT LITERATURE. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1940;65(3):638–658. doi:10.1001/archinte.1940.00190090175011
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