This book covers an issue of major interest to all pediatricians. The stated purpose of the book "is to review the mechanisms that may be involved in the initiation of hypertension and to suggest guidelines for a comprehensive approach for evaluating and treating hypertension in young people." Overall, the book does a credible job for its first objective but less well on its second, largely because of the way the book is organized.
The book consists of a series of chapters written by investigators in a number of institutions. Each contributor has had extensive experience in either the general area of pediatric hypertension or a specific subspecialty area that deals with hypertensive children. This diversity of authors leads to an unintegrated approach. Overlap, repetition, and outright contradiction exist. Duplication is best exemplified by the fact that the book is only 350 pages in length (counting empty pages), yet it contains