edited by S. Philip Bralow et al (conference, Sarasota, Fla, April 1979), 280 pp, with illus, $33.50, Washington, DC, Hemisphere Publishing Corp; New York, McGraw-Hill Book Co Inc, 1981.
Four topics at the cutting edge between the basic sciences and clinical medicine were considered at the Sarasota Medical Awards Conference of April 1979. This volume is an elaboration on that symposium. Four top scientists were honored with awards; they gave lead papers and edited corresponding sections as follows: "Radioimmunoassay," Dr Rosalyn S. Yalow; "Coronary Artery Insufficiency," Dr Eugene Braunwald; "Immunology in Cancer," Dr Robert A. Good; and "Genetic Engineering," Dr Paul Berg. Two to three additional papers on each subject were presented by other scientists.
The content of this volume may be characterized as five parts literature review, four parts recapitulation of personal studies, and one part speculation about the future. There is some variation in quality of presentation, but in general it is very good. Anyone who seeks a solid review of a component topic, or who is looking for a key reference thereof, would do well to
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