Antihypertensive Agents. Edited by Gross Franz. pages. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, and New York, 1977. Price, $128.00.

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Dr. Gross has edited an encyclopedic review of the drugs developed over the past three decades for the treatment of hypertension. There are 14 chapters, by multiple authors, that cover all the classes of drugs currently available, with descriptions of the individual agents in these classes. It is not a handbook for treatment of the hypertensive patient, but rather an excellent compilation of the chemistry, pharmacokinetics, and therapeutic mechanisms of action of these agents. Some of the compounds, such as the veratrum alkaloids and the ganglionic agents, are primarily of historic interest as concerns present day therapy but are worthy

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