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Hypertension: A Companion to Brenner and Rector's The Kidney, 2nd Edition
Editors: Oparil, Suzanne, M.D.; Weber, Michael A., M.D. Bibliographic Data: (ISBN: 0-7216-0258-4, Elsevier, 2005, $99.00. Imprint: Saunders) 872 pages, hard cover. Subjects: Nephrology, Cardiology.
DESCRIPTION: This is the second edition of a book that complements Brenner and Rector's The Kidney, seventh edition (Elsevier, 2004) by covering all aspects of hypertension in depth. PURPOSE: The book is intended as a reference for clinicians, scientists, and healthcare planners who are interested in vascular hypertension. It offers an in-depth discussion of epidemiology, clinical management, comorbidities, vascular biology, and genetics. This book clearly meets its objective of providing an authoritative review of the science of hypertension. AUDIENCE: It is written for internal medicine specialists involved in the clinical management of hypertension, as well as clinical and basic scientists with an interest in this area of investigation. All authors are recognized international authorities in this field of medicine. FEATURES: The book covers a brief history of hypertension, pathophysiology, target organ damage, basic principles of management, nonpharmacological treatment, management in the presence of comorbidities, pharmacological properties of individual drugs, secondary forms of hypertension, and special circumstances. It represents a significant update of the first edition, with in-depth discussions of recent large randomized clinical trials including the LIFE, VALUE, IDNT, RENAAL, and ALLHAT trials. In addition, it addresses the recent emphasis on aggressive blood-pressure control and on the global growing problems of metabolic syndrome and diabetes mellitus. The book does not shy away from discussing the interaction of science and politics, forming guidelines for management of hypertension. Emerging topics are addressed, including the growing role of fixed-combination antihypertensive agents, chronotherapeutics, and the needs of hypertensive patients undergoing general anesthesia. ASSESSMENT: This revision is an excellent addition to the currently available books on vascular hypertension. It maintains an excellent balance between exhaustive discussion of each topic and appealing literary style. It is a prime medical reference. RATING: ⋆⋆⋆⋆
Paolo Fanti, M.D.
(University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio)