The Second Hahnemann Symposium on Hypertensive Disease. By Albert N. Brest and John H. Moyer. Price, $12.50. Pp. 660, with many illustrations. Lea & Febiger, Publishers, 600 S. Washington Sq., Philadelphia 6, 1961.
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The first Hahnemann Symposium on Hypertensive Disease was held in December, 1958. The present volume records the proceedings of the second gathering of this group of investigators in May, 1961. Catecholamine metabolism and interrelationships between arteriosclerosis and hypertension are emphasized, but the book also contains review articles of the natural history, etiology, and pharmacology of hypertension.
Methods of administration of newer hypotensive drugs such as guanethidine, bretylium, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, and methyldopa, and their limitations as well as advantages, are reviewed thoroughly by different groups. As a result of this multiple authorship, the novice in the hypertensive field will have to read all the papers concerning any one drug if he wants a comprehensive view. Inclusion of the spontaneous discussion sessions held at the end of each section is an excellent idea, but, in my opinion, they could have been better edited and shortened, and annotated references (included in only
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