E. CHARLES KUNKLE, M.D.
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To the Editor: In the August issue of the ANNALS, Drs. McDonough, Garrison, and Hames add further evidence that the American Negro is unduly prone to arterial hypertension and its complications. The analysis of data is elaborate but curiously sidesteps an important question. The authors concede that the phenomenon might somehow be related to "way-of-life differences," and then consider and reject one such factor, salt ingestion. Why did they not mention, at least in passing, a more fundamental and pertinent issue—the special cultural and other pressures to which the Negro is exposed. Sociologic forces would seem to merit some consideration
E. CHARLES KUNKLE. HYPERTENSION IN NEGROES. Ann Intern Med. 1965;62:177. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-62-1-177
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1965;62(1):177.
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