Where is the bell shpaed curve?
Janice Hopkins Tanne reports on the US guidelines for diagnosing and
treating hypertension which state that the risks of cardiovascular disease
begin at 115/75 mmHg and that a systolic pressure of 120 mmHg is
In the same issue Mirerva reports a US study where hypotension was
defined as having a systolic pressure of under 110mmHg.
As a generalist, part of my job is to decide which "facts" provided
by research and/or specialist opinion I should incorporate into my
understanding of pathology.
A model where the range of systolic "normotension" is less than
interobserver error is interesting but not helpful to be.
How soon before there is no space for normality?
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