The purpose of this volume is to serve as a practical guide to the investigation and management of the hypertensive patient. This goal has been achieved admirably. The well-informed physician confronted with the hypertensive patient knows that the management of hypertension is a far more complicated problem now than it was two decades ago. We now have at our disposal a number of antihypertensive drugs of varying degrees of potency, each with its own constellation of adverse effects. In addition, we are constantly reminded that we must not overlook potentially curable forms of hypertension. To facilitate their recognition we have new (sometimes risky and costly) methods of investigation.
"In the evaluation of the patient with elevated blood pressure there is still room for the use of good clinical judgment without recourse to elaborate laboratory investigation," say the authors. Ample evidence of sound clinical judgment is displayed throughout the text, and