Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Doing our duty on episodic hypertension

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 25 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1650
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    I don’t know why I listen, because it instantly raises my blood pressure. Radio 4’s Today programme clicks on at 6.30 am. General practitioners are the foot soldiers of medicine, with our commanders in distant war rooms planning the next big push on disease. We generally do their bidding, fearing that we would be shot by the General Medical Council as mutineers if we didn’t. So when a medical general announces new research on high blood pressure I hold my breath. This time, the unqualified sound bite is that patients with isolated readings of …

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