This book almost accomplishes what its editors set out to do— "gather together in one volume a selection of the pieces of evidence suggesting that there are significant endocrine abnormalities in patients with essential hypertension." The contributors, all actively involved in research on hormones and hypertension, cover almost all of the known hormones in 13 chapters, most of which are thorough reviews of the evidence available through early 1984. A few chapters, such as M. J. Brown's on epinephrine, are concise, crisp, and critical. A few, such as Williams and Hollenberg's on adrenal and renal responses to angiotensin II, put together disparate data that have only been published in fragments, so that a clearer view of the entire area is provided.
As with almost all multiauthored books but less so than with most, the coverage is both incomplete and repetitive; incomplete in that some areas, eg, parathyroid hormone, atrial natriuretic