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Basal Blood Pressure in the Normal*

Ann Intern Med. 1927;1(4):231-234. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-1-4-231
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Probably one of the greatest advances in internal medicine during the last half century has been the increasingly more common recognition of the fact that the important consideration in evaluating the condition of the heart is its capacity for doing work. Today the detection of murmurs is only a small part—and often an insignificant part—of the problem of estimating the health of the heart.

Similarly the mere determination of a blood pressure of a given number of millimeters falls far short of giving us a definite prognosis of any case. Ehrstrom (1) in analyzing a group of 20 who were


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