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October 1943


Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1943;72(4):563. doi:10.1001/archinte.1943.00210100136011

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"The person who is suddenly told he has high blood pressure is frightened and bewildered." With this first sentence the reviewer parts company with the author. Doctors should not tell patients about blood pressure in such a way as to frighten and bewilder them; they must go to great pains to accomplish the opposite of this. If they fail, the situation will probably not be remedied by this manual, which may at many points create more alarm: from the picture of the arteriosclerotic vessel to the statement that the damaged arteries may give way, and on to the therapeutic advice which is quite sound but of necessity purely general. The truth of the matter is that the whole idea of manuals of this sort, no matter how well they are prepared, is open to question. For diabetic patients a well devised manual is, to be sure, useful if not actually

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