In an era of rapid change and increasing specialization there is constant need to relate recent advances in biologic science to the immediate and future practice of medicine. The periodic publication in the New England Journal of Medicine of Seminars from the Beth Israel Hospital (Boston) represents one of the more successful attempts to bridge the gap between medical scientists and practicing physicians. For the first time, 13 such seminars have been revised and published in bound form under the editorial supervision of Feingold and Hiatt.
The diversity of subjects provides both the strength and weakness of the volume. The broad approach to the frontiers of medicine is illustrated by a brief listing of seminar topics: oncogenic virology, cancer chemotherapy, hypothalamic/pituitary function, disorders of sexual development, radioimmunoassay of peptide hormones in plasma, interferon, infectious drug resistance, thrombogenesis, thalassemic syndromes, inborn errors of the complement system, immunologic mechanisms of penicillin allergy,