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December 1948

Arterial Hypertension: A Follow-Up Study of One Thousand Hypertonics.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1948;82(6):630. doi:10.1001/archinte.1948.00220290114019

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This 350 page paper-bound volume comprises a clinical and statistical evaluation of over 1,000 cases of arterial hypertension. These cases were observed by the author in the outpatient department of the Poli Clinic of the Rigshospital in Copenhagen. Original hypertensive clinical and laboratory studies were made between 1931 and 1938 on all patients with blood pressures of 180 systolic or 160 systolic and 100 diastolic, and repeated examinations were made four to eleven years later.

Few prolonged and detailed studies have previously been made on a large series of hypertensive patients. This study was undertaken in order to help establish a base line for a clinical classification, predominant symptoms, complicating diseases, age groups and prognosis in relation to untreated patients with hypertension. Such a basis of comparison is necessary in order to evaluate both modern and future methods of therapy of hypertensive disease.

The author has generously summarized the outstanding

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