EDWARD D. FREIS, M.D.
Doctor Langfeld's report, in this issue, on the deficient care of hypertensive patients is one of several indicating that essential hypertension is still poorly managed in this country. Despite conclusive evidence to the contrary, many if not most physicians still consider essential hypertension to be a benign disease for which reassurance rather than treatment is needed.
The persistence of this therapeutic nihilism is surprising in view of the fact that there are few chronic diseases for which medical treatment is more rational or better documented than for essential hypertension. All epidemiological data on the subject, such as the life insurance
FREIS ED. Changing Attitudes to Hypertension. Ann Intern Med. ;78:141–142. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-1-141
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(1):141-142.
Cardiology, Coronary Risk Factors, Hypertension, Infectious Disease, Nephrology.
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