February 23, 1981

Perspectives and Summation of Symposium

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, and the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Palo Alto, Calif.

Arch Intern Med. 1981;141(3):404-406. doi:10.1001/archinte.1981.00340030136026

The person selected to do this job should have three qualifications. First, his knowledge of the subject should be relatively superficial. Otherwise, he might be offended by the absurdity of summarizing a, meeting in such a short time. Second, he should be glib. Generalities should be phrased so felicitously as to create the illusion of substance. Third, he should be able to stay awake during the entire proceedings. Although I never doubted having the first two qualifications, I was pleased to find that I had the third one. Not only the pressure of this task but also the high quality of the presentations prevented any lapses of attention.

The discovery of the growing group of prostaglandins is of major importance, ranking with the growing importance of the cyclic nucleotides with which prostaglandins interact in some systems. These biologic substances are ubiquitous and are pertinent to many important physiologic functions, eg,

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