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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Paolo Fanti, M.D.(University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio)
Description: This is the second edition of a book that complements Brenner and Rector's The Kidney, 7th edition (Elsevier, 2004) by covering in depth all aspects of hypertension.
Purpose: The book is intended as a reference for clinicians, scientists and healthcare planners interested in the field of vascular hypertension. It offers an in-depth discussion of all topics related to vascular hypertension, including epidemiology, clinical management, comorbidities, vascular biology, and genetics. This new release is largely updated as compared to the first edition. The book clearly meets its objectives 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 for clinical and basic scientists with interest in this area of investigation. All authors are recognized international authorities in this field of medicine.
Features: The book covers all aspects of hypertension from a brief history of hypertension to pathophysiology, target organ damage, basic principles of management, nonpharmacological treatment, management in the presence of comorbidities, pharmacological properties of individual drugs, and finally secondary forms of hypertension and special circumstances. In general, the book has been significantly updated from the first edition, with in-depth discussion 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 in the formulation of general guidelines for management of hypertension. New topics are addressed, including the growing role of fixed combination antihypertensive agents, the emerging concept of 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. The book continues to maintain an excellent balance between exhaustive discussion of each topic and an appealing literary style. In its second edition, the book establishes itself as a prime reference in this area of medicine.