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THE DIAGNOSTIC VALUE OF THE SPHYGMOMANOMETER IN EXAMINATIONS FOR LIFE INSURANCE

J. W. FISHER, M.D.
JAMA. 1914;LXIII(20):1752-1754. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570200046013.
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Prior to 1907, little or no use was made of the sphygmomanometer except in clinical cases. Three years ago in a paper delivered before the Medical Directors Association, I said:

No practitioner of medicine should be without a sphygmomanometer. He has in this instrument a most valuable aid in diagnosis. The sphygmomanometer is indispensable in life-insurance examinations, and the time is not far distant when all progressive life-insurance companies will require its use in all examinations of applicants for life insurance.

To-day this prediction is practically fulfilled, and no up-to-date practitioner is without this very valuable aid in diagnosis, much of which has been due to the requirements of life-insurance companies in insisting on their examiners using the sphygmomanometer in examinations for life insurance. I have received hundreds of letters thanking me for insisting on its use in examinations for the company and testifying to its very great value in

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