We have read Dr Forrest Adams' note entitled "Blood Pressure of Children in the United States" (Pediatrics

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61:931, 1978) in which he comments on specific sections of a report of a Task Force on Blood Pressure Control in Children. Knowledge concerning the relationship between blood pressure in children and subsequent health in adult life should be of continuous interest to all pediatricians.

Dr Adams states that it is misleading to present percentile graphs of US children's blood pressures for reference because US children's blood pressures increase with age while other cultures fail to show an increase from infancy to 50 years.

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