Another Take on Hypertension for Lawyers
A more literary and poetic response to this guy on the same topic (explaining hypertension to a non-physician):
"You, the patient, are King George of England prior to the American revolution.
"Your disease (hypertension in its broadest sense) is the unrest fomenting in the colonies.
"The 'high blood pressure readings' are the vocal and printed speeches and pamphlets being circulated in the Colonies advocating revolution.
"A possible treatment for the political disease affecting King George could be the prescription (proscription) that all political speech and press in the colonies be banned. This would hamper the ability to coordinate opposition to England and delay, if not prevent, the onset of the revolutionary war.
"Note, however, that while the observable signs of dissent may be controlled (normal BP readings), the unrest and dissatisfaction among the colonists remains. In the long run, the damage may still be done.
"A better treatment for the disease would be diet and lifestyle changes before prescriptions. If King George had repealed unfair taxes and given the colonists a greater political voice, we Americans may have remained subjects of the British crown to this day."
Many thanks to RFS MD of NH.