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Hypertension and ethnic group: Not as simple as black or white

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 20 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:974
  1. Onyebuchi E Okosieme, specialist registrar (
  1. Centre for Endocrine and Diabetes Science, School of Medicine, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF14 4XN

    EDITOR—Brown makes a case for making treatment choices in patients with hypertension on the basis of ethnic group.1 However, it is unclear if his use of the term ethnic group refers to skin pigmentation or common ancestry. Common ancestry would certainly be difficult to accurately determine from the clinical encounter, and the usefulness of skin pigmentation would …

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