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From Hales' first estimation of mean arterial blood pressure in a horse in 1733 to the variety of accurate and sophisticated methods available today—all in this brief, well-written monograph.
The first chapter describes methods available for the direct measurement of blood pressure. The sections on the fundamental properties of pressure transducers and the characteristics of practical transducer systems should be of interest to the relatively large number of physicians currently recording pressures from the heart and great vessels of humans.
The fascinating history of indirect methods of estimating arterial pressure is outlined in the second chapter. The ausculatory method receives
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The Direct and Indirect Measurement of Blood Pressure.. Ann Intern Med. 1970;73:152. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-73-1-152_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;73(1):152.
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