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June 26, 1981

Topics in Hypertension

Author Affiliations

University of Vermont College of Medicine Burlington

JAMA. 1981;245(24):2535. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310490053036

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Dr John Laragh, H. Altshul Master Professor of Medicine at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, has long been in the forefront of research on hypertension. The present volume, to which a number of authorities in the field have contributed, brings together and places in perspective the impressive body of work from this laboratory. Dr Laragh is the author of five of the chapters and is coauthor of an additional seven of the 36 chapters.

In his introduction, Laragh states that the book is intended to be a resource for concerned physicians to complement their knowledge and that it is directed to the practicing physician with a special interest in high blood pressure. The major focus of the book is concerned with measurement of plasma renin activity and its clinical utility in hypertension. Inappropriately high values are considered to be indicative of vasoconstriction and increased sympathetic activity, responsive to β-blocking, while