MILTON J. RUEGER, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Heart disease and disease of the entire cardiovascular system are the causes of more disability and death than any other disease. Consequently, more and more attention is being directed to an evaluation of this system of the body. One of the simpler and more common tests in this evaluation is the checking of the blood pressure.
Determinations of blood pressure were made by Stephen Hales in 1733,1 by direct readings on the open artery in large animals. The first attempt to measure arterial blood pressure in human beings is credited to Karl von Vierendt (1818-1884). Ludwig in 1847 published an
RUEGER MJ. BLOOD PRESSURE VARIATIONS IN THE TWO ARMS1. Ann Intern Med. ;35:1023–1027. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-35-5-1023
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1951;35(5):1023-1027.
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