Upward of 23 million Americans, we are told, have blood pressures greater than 160/95 mm Hg and half of these are unaware of their condition. Of those who claim to be aware, only about half are receiving any form of therapy; and half of this half still have blood pressures high enough to be classified as hypertensive. This situation has provoked an unprecedented surge of interest in the epidemiology and management of this epidemic disease.
Thus, it was a delight to encounter Norman Kaplan's new book, which tells the working practitioner all he needs to know about hypertension. The text is studded with eye-catching nuggets of information in boxes, clear graphs and charts, and lucid, well-placed illustrations. Most impressive are the relaxed syntax, wellconceived organization, and remarkable comprehensiveness.
The contemporary wisdom of pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management (with stress on essential hypertension) occupy almost half the book. With current emphasis on