Dr. Ruth B. Drown

Ruth B. Drown HVR Journal, February, 1932

“Obviously, a complete and scientifically accurate ‘blue-print’ of the condition of the patient’s body is of inestimable value to the doctor. This it is possible to obtain with the HVR Instrument, since it may be tuned in to any part of the body for measurement of function and for disease. In fact, measurement of function of the glands and organs in the body is the fundamental basis on which a diagnosis with this instrument is built.

“In testing with the HVR, the first step is therefore to register the function of these various organs and glands, also of the blood vessels and the nervous system. A differential blood count is then made, followed by a urinalysis. In addition, blood pressure, temperature, impinged nerves and diet may be checked on the instrument if desired. This gives a complete ground-work for procedure in diagnosing disease.

“If the physician has a true case history, much time and labor is saved at this point through the process of elimination.

“.. It is quite essential to know the symptoms, age, weight and height of the patient, whether he has undergone operations, the children’s diseases he has had, and the possibility of congenital diseases in the family. It is always desirable to know the blood pressure in order that the doctor may check this with the findings of the instrument.

“As an instance of the value of a true diagnosis and the use which may be made of the HVR instrument by the physician, the following case is given.

“Patient came in with high blood pressure. Urinalysis showed a slight alkaline reaction, which may have been due to some drug taken for the blood pressure condition. The latter, according to the patient, varied from 140 to 150 systolic, and from 100 to 110 diastolic. No cause had so far been found for this abnormal condition, we were informed.

“A check-up with the HVR Instrument showed that the kidneys were functioning normally, or nearly so. The interstitial tissues of the left kidney seemed to be normal, but that of the right registered only 2/10. (Normal registration with this instrument is 8/10 average, 10/10 high normal). Contracted kidney came through as the disease here, showing the presence of inflamation at some previous time.

“A questioning of the patient as to whether there had ever been any severe fever, or any other illness that might have created such inflamation, brought out the fact that the appendix had ruptured a year or so before, with so much resulting pus that two operations were necessary to drain it. This condition had evidently caused much trouble in the interstitial tissues of the right kidney, and revealed the vascular obstruction responsible for the load upon the heart.

“The heart was found to be dilated, both ventricles showing hyperfunction. Both the coronary arteries and the heart muscle registered one-half the normal capacity. The systolic blood pressure came through at 145 on the instrument, and the diastolic at 100.6 which conformed closely with the history given of former findings.

“Who would normally have diagnosed the trouble as that of the interstitial tissues of the kidney, when it did not show up in the urinalysis?

“The patient stated, incidentally, that urinalysis made in other laboratories had shown about the same results as ours. We might add that we made our analysis by two methods — one, by the normal laboratory procedure, the other by means of HVR. Both were done from urine samples and results were almost identical.

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