A thorough examination of a disease that affects millions of people. Left unchecked, its possible effects are far-reaching and frightening, but the message of Sorrentino and Hausman is one of hope. New medical knowledge is making treatment more precise and effective than before. Non-drug treatment has been found to work well with many cases. New medications can zero in on specific causes and eliminate much of the trial-and-error of former treatments. Detailed explanations of hypertension, the drugs used and what they do are necessarily heavy on medicalese, but the authors do a good job of translating these terms into understandable language. The tone is conversational throughout. A drug chart gives drug names, dosages, major side effects and precautions. Non-drug treatment includes diet, weight control, the right kind of exercise and knowing how to control stress. A program of diet and exercise is outlined, along with ways to lessen the stresses of everyday life with a variety of relaxation techniques and by removing oneself from stressful situations. Standard stuff, but nicely reassuring.