MATTHEW CUSHING JR., M.D.
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To the editor: In reference to the article by Langfeld (Ann Intern Med 78:19-23, 1973) concerning screening for high blood pressure, I have the following comments.
For years physicians have been taught by knowledgeable clinicians not to rely on casual or random blood pressure measurements, made in the office, to determine the presence of hypertension. It is well known that the stress of a hospital or office visit is sufficient to raise the blood pressure far above the levels usually encountered in daily living. I have demonstrated this on numerous occasions in my office, when a patient's blood pressure will
CUSHING M. High Blood Pressure. Ann Intern Med. 1973;78:982–983. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-6-982_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(6):982-983.
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