For the first 439 years of its existence The Royal College of Physicians of London took very little interest in medicine. Then an enlightened president decided it was their duty to do so.
Sir Robert Platt (now Lord Platt) when he was elected president in 1957 broke this established tradition of medical inertia and began vigorously yet rigorously organizing medical conferences. Lord Platt is not only an expert in medicine himself, but he knows which of his colleagues are expert, and-what is even more important—whether they speak well enough to transmit their expertise. So, at these conferences a wide range of controversial and problematical medicine was discussed by men who were masters of both their subjects and their language. This book is a record of the second of these conferences.
The word "advanced" does not imply this book is reserved for high-powered intellects, nor that it is confined to subjects