A Symposium

Elexious T. Bell, editor

Hypertension: A Symposium was first published in 1951. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

In the words of Dr. Eduardo Braun-Menendez of Buenos Aires, brilliant representative of the distinguished South American group of workers in the field, “Hypertension is today one of the deadliest enemies of mankind.”

Though most medical men will not dispute the insidiousness of hypertension as an enemy of human health, there is far less agreement on what is of more immediate concern to the physician – the causes and treatment of the disease.

This book summarizes existing knowledge with regard to hypertension, its problems, and its therapy, and thereby points the way for future research which may solve the problems. The volume presents the proceedings of a symposium on hypertension which was held at the University of Minnesota in the fall of 1950 in honor of Drs. Elexious T. Bell, Benjamin J. Clawson, and George E. Fahr. Thirty papers by twenty-four physicians, together with the related questions and discussion, are published. A bibliography is given for each paper, and there are 125 illustrations. The authors represent every section of the United States and three foreign countries.

The series of papers takes up, in addition to the pathologic anatomy of the disease, such widely different approaches to the treatment as the dietary, the pharmacologic, the surgical, and the psychological.

Dr. Elexious T. Bell, the editor of this volume, joined the Department of Anatomy at the University of Minnesota in 1910. He was named director of the Department of Pathology in 1921 and became Professor Emeritus in 1949. His numerous scientific publications include two books, Textbook of Pathology and Renal Diseases.

Dr. Benjamin J. Clawson served as professor of pathology and bacteriology at the University of North Dakota from 1919 to 1921, when he came to the University of Minnesota’s Department of Pathology. He is the author of numerous scientific papers, most of them concerned with cardiovascular diseases.

Dr. George E. Fahr served as resident physician at Montefiore Hospital in New York before coming to the University of Minnesota in 1921. He was named Chief of the Medical Service at Minneapolis General Hospital in 1926 and obtained status as full professor at the University in 1927.

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