The Handbook of Antihypertensive Therapy by Houston, Meador, and Schipani is a compilation of lists, charts, and tables on hypertension and its therapy. This handbook contains information that is useful for the clinician regularly engaged in the treatment of hypertension, as a reference source, as well as for students. Aspects of the pathophysiology of hypertension and its complications are covered. Diagnosing and classifying hypertension and potential causes of secondary and resistant hypertension are listed. An overview of the treatment of hypertension including nonpharmacologic therapy is provided. Clinical trials of the different classes of antihypertensive agents are succinctly summarized. The effect of antihypertensive therapy in various clinical situations, including coronary artery disease, hypercholesterolemia, renal disease, and diabetes mellitus, is provided. There is a comprehensive list of the selection of treatment based on concomitant medical conditions, which includes the preferred, alternative, and contraindicated agents. There are sections on each class of agents that include information on specific agents, dosages, pharmacokinetics, contraindications, and drug interactions. There are sections on hypertensive urgency and hypertension in pregnancy with a general conceptual overview and treatment with specific agents. The strengths of this book are the concise nature and seemingly accurate information. The weaknesses include the lack of readability, by design, and organization, which makes locating specific information difficult at times. This handbook will be less useful for clinicians that do not regularly participate in the treatment of hypertension and modifying therapy.
Marc C. Houston, Beth Pulliam Meador, Linda Moore Schipani