This is the second issue of the single volume overview of the current literature on hypertension, which identifies the papers published in the past eighteen months that have potentially changed practice, or that predict probable future developments. The aim is to provide the reader with an up to the minute summary of recent research findings, and their implications for clinical management. Keeping up to date with the vast amount of published papers in hypertension is a difficult task for the individual doctor. The Year in Hypertension 2001 provides a highly focussed review of the current literature, compiled by an expert team from one of the leading centres in the field. This is a practical and accessible resource that all doctors treating this condition will find invaluable in their daily practice.