This book, primarily a manual for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with hypertension, describes in short, sometimes terse, sections the varieties of hypertension one may encounter and discusses the principles of therapy. Diagnostic tools and methods are explained, and the management of some complications of hypertension is discussed. Sections devoted to specific treatment programs appear both in the book and in appendices where Drs. Harriet P. Dustan, Henry Schroeder, Mitchell Perry, and Edward Freis outline their use of various therapeutic agents.
Apparently a major purpose of the book is to select from the many programs available a few which deserve emphasis, so that others of historical interest or of doubtful value can be discarded quickly. Since new drugs for hypertension are introduced on the average of one a week, there is urgent and continued need for information which will enable the busy physician to select the proper remedy. To