July 1984

Clinical Approaches to High Blood Pressure in the Young

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics Section of Pharmacology/Toxicology Columbus Children's Hospital 700 Children's Dr Columbus, OH 43205


edited by Theodore Kotchen and Jane Kotchen, 350 pp, with illus, $32.50, Littleton, Mass, John Wright-PGS Inc, 1983.

Am J Dis Child. 1984;138(7):666. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1984.02140450048014

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This book covers an issue of major interest to all pediatricians. The stated purpose of the book "is to review the mechanisms that may be involved in the initiation of hypertension and to suggest guidelines for a comprehensive approach for evaluating and treating hypertension in young people." Overall, the book does a credible job for its first objective but less well on its second, largely because of the way the book is organized.

The book consists of a series of chapters written by investigators in a number of institutions. Each contributor has had extensive experience in either the general area of pediatric hypertension or a specific subspecialty area that deals with hypertensive children. This diversity of authors leads to an unintegrated approach. Overlap, repetition, and outright contradiction exist. Duplication is best exemplified by the fact that the book is only 350 pages in length (counting empty pages), yet it contains