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February 1949

Blood Pressure and Its Disorders, Including Angina Pectoris.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1949;83(2):247. doi:10.1001/archinte.1949.00220310130009

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This book is divided into three parts entitled "The Arterial Blood Pressure," "Venous Pressure" and "Angina Pectoris." The author, a former professor at the University of Berlin, expresses himself at times in sentences which are long and involved. The greater fault, however, is the presentation of unaccepted ideas which are without proof and seemingly conjectural. The first part contains a strong but unconvincing plea for the tonoscillograph. The second part contains concepts of renal function and its relation to venous pressure which are at variance with those presently accepted. The discussion of venous function and blood flow, however, is interesting and pertinent to the changing concept of the mechanism of congestive heart failure. The third part, which lends itself to practicality is, unfortunately, no improvement. Among measures advocated in the treatment of angina pectoris are the use of the Kosher diet, the ancient procedure of cupping and finally the author's

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