NORMAN M. KAPLAN, M.D.
To the editor: The UCLA Conference, "Hypertension—Primary and Secondary" (Ann Intern Med 75:761-776, 1971), has a number of poorly documented and possibly misleading statements. Recognizing that these are transcripts of oral presentations and that the folksy, natural style is refreshing, one could nonetheless ask for a bit more editing to sharpen the accuracy. Surely the authors, recognized authorities in this field, would welcome the chance to clarify some questionable statements.
"It is now acknowledged that perhaps 5%, 10%, or, at the most, 15% of hypertensive subjects" have primary aldosteronism. The latest estimate by the Michigan group is 7% (1) and
KAPLAN NM. Hypertension. Ann Intern Med. ;76:511–512. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-3-511
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(3):511-512.
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