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Book and Media Reviews
May 28, 2008

Hypertension and Hormone Mechanisms

JAMA. 2008;299(20):2447-2448. doi:10.1001/jama.299.20.2447

This is the first edition of a text written by renowned experts and researchers in the fields of endocrinology and metabolism, cardiology, nephrology, and hypertension. It is intended for physicians and clinicians, as well as basic scientists with particular interest in the specialty of hypertension and its pathophysiology. The book is organized around the central topic of hormones and autacoids and the critical niches that they occupy in the pathophysiology of hypertension, eg, the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone, sympathoadrenal, and renal dopaminergic systems. Throughout the text, several tables, algorithms, diagrams, and other illustrations provide clinical and laboratory correlates for the different mechanisms. There is also a color version of some of these, presented in a 4-page color plate in the middle of the book.