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October 1914


Am J Dis Child. 1914;VIII(4):257-269. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1914.04300010265001

In pediatrics the amount of research in blood-pressure has been limited, and so far, but little of real value has been developed. While blood-pressure determination in adults is conceded to be of inestimable value, many practitioners consider that it has little or no significance in children. This statement is not reasonable unless we assume that there are many additional factors, especially in technic, interfering with accurate readings, and that such wide variations are encountered as to vitiate the results.

We have undertaken a series of studies in normal children, in order to determine whether a standard of blood-pressure could be established. Could such a standard be made, it would open to the pediatrician a new aid in diagnosis and prognosis and help in the treatment of a large number of diseases. Blood-pressure readings will also furnish a means of determining the physical tone of a large number of children who