It is hard to review a book like Pickering's superb monograph on high blood pressure without praise becoming fullsome and a little cloying. It is only within the past few years that I have broken myself of reading every word in a book. This capacity was wasted here since this monograph is impossible to skip around in. The level of interest is always high. The style is a most excellent example of the simplicity, directness, and clarity that the diminishing band of American physicians who still read expect from their British medical brothers. Still, this good book is seasoned by a few peppery comments. The occasional rapier thrust suggests that the style has been tempered by conscious and conscientious restraints. The unexpected turn, the light touch of fancy, make it an easy book to read.
The title of the book is arresting; it gives the first inkling of the general