The Seventh Annual Review of Pharmacology presents a valuable selection of papers covering recent advances in many areas. The review has a specialized function, and the usual criteria of merit cannot be readily applied for content rather than style as the primary consideration. Although a good review article is quickly recognized by the expert, it is by no means easy to pass judgment on a series of reviews of relatively unfamiliar topics.
In the opening chapter, entitled "Pharmacology in Old and Modern Medicine," Professor Heymans traces the history and development of pharmacology from ancient times up to the present day. Appropriately, he warns against the fashionable distractions of modern technical gadgetry. The pharmacologist has much to gain from the use of the latest instrumentation and the application of computer methodology, but there is no substitute for clear thinking, careful experimental design, and meticulous attention to detail. Heymans considers that real