David Goldblatt, MD; Peter J. Goldblatt, MD, MPH
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Goldblatt D, Goldblatt PJ. John Loesch and Harry Goldblatt: Two Great Pioneers in Circulation Research. Ann Intern Med. 2006;145:933. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-145-12-200612190-00013
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2006;145(12):933.
TO THE EDITOR:
Glodny and Glodny (1) state that first John Loesch and then our father, Harry Goldblatt, published papers with the same “central proposition”: “Renal ischemia causes persistent hypertension.” They also state that because of the “primacy” of his observations, Loesch should be recognized as the “discoverer of renovascular hypertension.”
Earlier, Theodor Fahr suggested that “renal ischemia, by itself, may play an important part in the development of the hypertension that is associated with more or less diffuse vascular disease in man” (2). Several investigators who preceded both Loesch and Goldblatt deliberately interfered with the renal circulation, injuring the kidney, with some success in producing hypertension (2).
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