The book is very topical, given the publication of hypertension guidelines by a number of national and international organisations in the past year, and the subsequent controversy about some of their recommendations. Differences in the guidelines are discussed and some of the authors own interpretations are provided. Opinion is clearly differentiated from evidence in the book. Importantly, several major hypertension trials have been published since the book was written, and the ASCOT (Anglo-Scandinavian Cardiac Outcomes Trial) results are soon to be published. This means that parts of the book will be out of date in a relatively short time. However, whether the results of these recent trials lead to changes in the recommended management of hypertension remains to be seen.
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