This symposium on hypertension brings the subject up to date as of 1953. It includes an excellent review on the neurohormonal control of blood vessels, by Page; reflex regulation of blood pressure, by Heymans; chemical diagnosis of pheochromocytoma, by Goldenberg and von Euler; unusual clinical features of hypertensive disease, by Perera and Peart; pathogenesis of experimental hypertension, by Grollman, Govaerts, Floyer, and others; the pharmacology of ganglion blocking agents, by Paton; studies on electrolyte and water distribution in experimental hypertension, by Braun-Menendez and Ledingham, and other interesting experimental and clinical approaches to hypertension. Perhaps the most impressive work discussed at this Symposium is the experimental evidence for the extrarenal pressor mechanism in Goldblatt hypertension and nephrectomized animals.
The volume is well edited, very readable, and full of thought-provoking discussion. It is a superb product of a well-organized Symposium.