CAROLINE BEDELL THOMAS, F.A.C.P.; BERNICE HIRSCHHORN COHEN
It is commonly thought that certain families are afflicted with high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks with unwarranted frequency and to a severe degree. Sudden death may occur repeatedly in successive generations as a consequence of hypertension, coronary artery disease, or both. Yet, although these disorders are among the major causes of death in many countries today, no certainty exists as to whether such familial catastrophes arise in response to a hereditary pattern, as a result of a particular upbringing and way of life, as an extreme example of the vagaries of chance, or, indeed, from some
THOMAS CB, COHEN BH. THE FAMILIAL OCCURRENCE OF HYPERTENSION AND CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE, WITH OBSERVATIONS CONCERNING OBESITY AND DIABETES12. Ann Intern Med. ;42:90–127. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-42-1-90
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1955;42(1):90-127.
Cardiology, Coronary Heart Disease, Coronary Risk Factors, Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolism.
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