DAVID RIESMAN, M.D., SC.D., LL.D., F.A.C.P.
Whether hypertension is a disease or a symptom is a much debated question. It can, I believe, be answered rather easily, for the present at least, in the following way. When we know the cause or the apparent cause we emphasize it and consider the hypertension as part of the symptom complex. When we do not know the cause we look upon the hypertension as the disease itself. On this basis such hypertension as that of chronic nephritis or aortic insufficiency is a symptom, while that of unknown cause is a disease entity. Such a disease entity is represented by
RIESMAN D. AN ARTICLE CONTRIBUTED TO AN ANNIVERSARY VOLUME IN HONOR OF DOCTOR JOSEPH HERSEY PRATT: THOUGHTS ON HYPERTENSION(THOUGHTS ON HYPERTENSION*). Ann Intern Med. 1937;11:335–344. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-11-2-335
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1937;11(2):335-344.
Cardiology, Coronary Risk Factors, Hypertension, Nephrology.
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