The first job of the committee planning a scientific meeting is to define the purpose of the conference and the nature of the prospective audience. The goals of this symposium are well set forth in the preface: to bring together expert workers in one area of research and to present new information to physicians whose orientation is both to the clinic and to the laboratory. Now it is likely that most of the medical specialties were indeed represented at the symposium itself, but I wonder how many physicians not specifically engaged in connective tissue research will read this book.
Therein lies the problem, for if the published version is for experts, to merit its existence it must be rigidly scientific and quite up to date, since several other symposia about the same time will rightly tap the same outstanding scientists for guest lectures or keynote talks. The contributions should be