The Seventh Princeton Conference on Cerebral Vascular Diseases, held in January 1970, included discussions of spinal cord vascular diseases, cerebral edema and cerebral vascular disease, techniques for diagnosis of obstructive vascular disease, cerebral blood flow and metabolism, acceleration, weightlessness, and the cerebral circulation, cerebral vascular insufficiency, and intracranial arterial aneurysms. The papers presented are of reasonable length, generally of high caliber, and many will hold significant interest for the internist.
The discussion of clinical aspects of vascular disease of the spinal cord is very well done, and two brief papers on transient ischemic attacks give a valuable perspective on natural history and prognosis. Of particular importance is the report of the cooperative study on surgery for transient ischemic attacks which fails to indicate any major benefit from operation. The volume includes generous sections of discussion. It is highly recommended for those who have responsibility for patients with cerebrovascular disease.