The reviewer's task is not easy. This book contains a wealth of material on the newer aspects of hypertension, which if dug out from the unnecessary verbiage would form a fundamentally sound statement of facts and a stimulating array of theory. But it is extremely difficult to dig all this out.
The conception of a fundamental difference between essential hypertension and the hypertension of acute glomerulonephritis is well presented and discussed. Essential hypertension is the expression of an unknown result acting on the vegetative nervous system of certain persons of a peculiar constitutional make-up. There is in this disease no disturbance of the capillaries. The hypertension of glomerulonephritis is the result of injury to the capillary system. In neither instance need the kidney be primarily involved.
Most of the book is devoted to a discussion of the evidence leading to these conclusions. All interested in this vital problem should read