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June 30, 1969

High Blood Pressure

Author Affiliations

University of Iowa Iowa City

JAMA. 1969;208(13):2477. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03160130061025

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There are a number of medical textbooks which bracket a field or a subject so completely that they are recognized as preeminent. This is one of them, and in this second edition Pickering once more demonstrates his mastery of hypertension. It is an exceptionally well-balanced book, well grounded in the basic sciences and comprehensive as well as interesting and readable. Every internist, pediatrician, generalist, or other student of hypertension will use it regularly with great profit.

The book is not simply a rewarming of tha first edition but also a major revision and up-dating of the material first published 13 years ago. Perfectly adequate discussions are given of the various clinical states with which hypertension is associated, but Pickering shines in the areas of his professed interest. His knowledge of the circulation is reflected in his description of what the blood pressure is and how it should be measured. His