Hazards of (beta) blockade

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7018.1501b (Published 02 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1501
  1. Ton J M Cleophas,
  2. Robert B Kalmansohn
  1. Internist Department of Medicine, Merwede Hospital Dordrecht, PO Box 97, 3360 AB Sliedrecht, The Netherlands
  2. Professor of medicine and cardiology UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA

    Pressor effects may be important

    EDITOR,--If doctors follow Morris J Brown's recommendation that “until current trials tell us otherwise … doctors can be encouraged to use either type of β blocker”1 then probably many more patients will be killed than the one described in the case report to which the final sentence of Brown's editorial (“One drop of timolol down the lacrimal duct can kill”) refers.

    For more than 10 years non-selective …

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