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Blood Pressure Measurement in Pregnancy

Citation

Chancellor, J. & Thorp, John M., Jr. (2008). Blood Pressure Measurement in Pregnancy. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 115(9), 1076-1077.

Abstract

The discovery early in the 20th century that eclampsia, derived from the Greek work for lightening to emphasise its unpredictable onset and catastrophic consequence, was preceded in some women by elevated blood pressure and proteinuria moulded the new concept of antenatal care into a search for these clinically silent precursor conditions. Based on logic, and the knowledge that delivery would prevent the onset of eclampsia, clinicians began to measure blood pressure and test urine at each and every prenatal visit. Inherent in this scheme is the assumption that blood pressure can be reliably and consistently measured.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-0528.2008.01755.x

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2008

Journal Title

BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Author(s)

Chancellor, J.
Thorp, John M., Jr.