The hypertensive disorders of pregnancy

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7016.1371b (Published 18 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1371
  1. R G Priest,
  2. R W Beard
  1. Head, department of psychiatry Head, department of obstetrics and gynaecology St Mary's Hospital Medical School, London W2 1PG

    EDITOR,--I am disappointed that F Broughton Pipkin's review on the hypertensive disorders of pregnancy does not mention a treatment that is both benign and effective.1 As long ago as 1984 a group of us, drawn from obstetrics and gynaecology, psychiatry, and psychology, showed that training patients in relaxation resulted in a halving of the rate of admission of patients with hypertension in pregnancy because of the reduction in blood pressure achieved.2 This is a cheap and simple treatment, and it would be a pity to ignore it.


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