This is a comprehensive and well-balanced presentation of the subject. It is of value as a guide and reference for anyone with a particular interest in systemic hypertension. There are 185 contributors from around the world.
Major areas covered include epidemiology, the circulation in hypertension, pathogenesis, target organ damage, special subgroups in the hypertensive population, secondary hypertension, clinical assessment, and treatment. The topic of the hypertensive patient in society includes such problems as compliance, treatment, quality of life, and the economics of therapy.
Clinical aspects of hypertension are well integrated with extensive discussions of pathophysiology and molecular biology. When the topics are controversial, references are ample and the discussions are well balanced. The depth, clarity, and detail of approach make this an excellent text.