To most physicians atherosclerosis is a disease enshrouded in mystery. They are puzzled by the confused state of knowledge regarding basic causes and treatment. However, it is clear that atherosclerosis appears to be a disorder of lipid metabolism. The past ten years have seen a great surge of interest and work in lipid metabolism. A large amount of in- formation, shedding light but not certainty on some aspects of atherosclerosis, has been accumulated. Most of this information is scattered so diffusely and in such quantity throughout the medical literature that one person can no longer gather in this wealth of knowledge. Nor is he in a position to interpret the specialized chemical and physiological details. There is a need for periodic publications which will bring together in one volume the most important basic science contributions in this field.
In May, 1957, a symposium was sponsored by the National Advisory Heart