ROBERT W. WILKINS, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Drugs and procedures for the treatment of essential hypertension of necessity must be nonspecific in nature, since the etiology of this disease is unknown. Undoubtedly, this fact accounts for the diverse nature of the methods that have been advocated for lowering the blood pressure and likewise for the similarity of the clinical results reported to be obtained by these various methods. Thus, surgical sympathectomy, or adrenalectomy, intravenous pyrogens, low sodium diets, the administration of adrenergic- or ganglionic-blocking agents, neural vaso dilators such as veratrum, peripheral vasodilators such as nitrites, and even drugs with unknown modes of action such as
WILKINS RW. NEW DRUG THERAPIES IN ARTERIAL HYPERTENSION*. Ann Intern Med. 1952;37:1144–1155. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-37-6-1144
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1952;37(6):1144-1155.
Cardiology, Coronary Risk Factors, Hypertension, Nephrology.
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