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The reader is warned that this is a controversial book. Essential hypertension is believed to represent high blood pressure without specific cause and is therefore a quantitative rather than a qualitative deviation from the norm; it has only one positive characteristic—elevated blood pressure. In the author's opinion, there is no such thing as an onset of essential hypertension. He can not sufficiently deplore the
habit of selecting an arbitrary dividing line between normal and abnormal pressure. He supports the view that the inheritance of blood pressure, like that of stature, is polygenic, but does not exclude the view that single
The Nature of Essential Hypertension.. Ann Intern Med. ;56:529–530. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-56-3-529
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1962;56(3):529-530.
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