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Treating normotensive hypertension

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 13 August 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:483
  1. P Sidebotham

    I think that the physician was trying to convince me that there were problems with the hospital. Personally, I didn’t need convincing. I was only too aware of the inadequacies of this government hospital where I, as an aid worker, was trying to work alongside the government staff. Perhaps, though, I did need to learn a lesson about my Western approach to diagnosis and treatment.

    He had invited me into his consulting room to see a few patients and had promptly disappeared, leaving me to run the clinic. The first patient I saw complained of “hypertension.” Through my translator …

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