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August 5, 1961

Management of Hypertensive Diseases

JAMA. 1961;177(5):351. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040310069025

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This book contains 1,622 references. Unfortunately these are not in alphabetical order; if they had been so placed, the reference list in itself would be worth the price of the book.

Although the book is quite complete, the title is misleading, since much space is devoted to aspects of hypertension which are unrelated to management. The chief criticisms that I have are that (1) the book is too long for what it attempts to present; (2) it does not follow a clear and concise outline; (3) there are too many case reports, and they are frequently too long; and (4) there seems to be much redundancy. For example, the first 289 pages consist primarily of a detailed discussion oriented about treatment, with many case reports. Then there suddenly appears on page 290 the chapter "Antihypertensive Drugs —Pharmacology and Therapy," which seems to be completely out of place as well as

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