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February 28, 1996

Hypertension: Mechanisms and Therapy

Author Affiliations

Albert Einstein College of Medicine Flushing Medical Center Flushing, NY

JAMA. 1996;275(8):643-644. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530320067039

Hypertension is a comprehensive and superbly illustrated text focusing on the fundamentals of hypertension. The authors, well-known authorities in the field, have skillfully used their experience in 13 well-documented chapters, including four on drug treatment.

Each chapter contains a succinct introduction to the basic information related to a particular topic, followed by images, graphics, microscopic and macroscopic sections, and decision trees. The value of the book is further enhanced by up-to-date information on the pathophysiology of essential hypertension. Assessment of antihypertensive therapy is now made possible by quality of life instruments, which detect all classes of antihypertensive agents and individual drugs of the same class (chapter 11). Objective information on the therapeutic effect of a particular drug may improve our knowledge of not only its clinical value, but also the resulting improvement in the quality of life of the hypertensive patient. Elliot and Black contribute an excellent chapter on special