Medicine: High Blood Pressure

"Most serious disease in American life today is high blood pressure." Thus announced Mayo Clinicians Edgar van Nuys Allen and Alfred Washington Adson at the American College of Physicians meeting in Cleveland last week. Every year, they said, "hypertension" kills about 375000 people—twice as many as cancer.

Hypertension strikes youth as well as age, and when it runs in families, "members of the third generation die earlier than [those] ... of the second generation, and those of the second ... die earlier than those of the first." Drs. Allen & Adson admitted that "there...

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