A Letter From The Publisher, Jan. 13, 1975

Articles in TIME'S Medicine section often alert readers to unsuspected ailments or direct them to cures. This week's cover story on hypertension will almost certainly have similar results. Twenty-three million Americans fall victim to this quiet, almost symptomless epidemic, but only about 3 million are getting proper treatment. An unnecessarily lethal disease, hypertension "makes a major contribution to the leading causes of death in America — heart disease and stroke," says Associate Editor Peter Stoler, "but it's being conquered. There's no question that if you get treatment you can live a lot longer."...

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