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May 1964

The Nature of Essential Hypertension.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(5):779. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280110159032

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This small volume was a gift from the author that I have been intending to note for several months. It is a classic of phrasing and argument. Some of the footnotes express the pungent quality of the text. Thus (p 131) "I often think that the greatest contribution to the sanitation of the mind would be the abolition of the terms normal and physiological and their opposites." This refers to a quotation from Page, McCubbin, and Corcoran in which we suggested that exclusion of numerical bimodality in pressure distribution curves did not necessarily make high pressure "normal" and went on to say that, "A similar lack of bimodality would doubtless be demonstrated in the tabulation of bow legs, big breasts or intelligence, without anyone's being in doubt that there are pathological degrees of each." But Sir George writes that once one has considered the concepts of normal and pathological in

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