The sixth volume of Annual Review of Pharmacology again offers a mixed selection of review articles by authors from countries as far apart as Australia and Mexico. The need for the good review article is undisputed since the ever-increasing volume of pharmacological research makes it difficult for even the expert to separate forest from trees. With a single exception, the chapters in this book are presented as review articles and cover a heterogenous selection of subjects ranging from Aztec pharmacology to the relationships between chemical structure and biological activity. Appropriately, the closing chapter is a review of reviews.
Special reference must be made to the opening chapter by Carl Dragstedt, entitled "Sidelights of American Pharmacology." Although this is somewhat out of place, in the company of otherwise serious subjects, the editors have done well to include it. It provides a welcome interlude of light relief through a series of anecdotes