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It is my opinion that multiple author texts and symposia proceedings frequently contain such a broad range of material, often presented in cursory fashion, that they offer minimal value for their price and bulk. The Ciba Foundation Symposia, which have appeared intermittently for many years, are a notable exception. They have established a standard of excellence against which other symposia proceedings should be measured. The secret of their success is the quality of the contributors and excellent editing. Papers are grouped in a logical manner, there is a similarity in the style of illustrative material, and a feeling of spontaneity is preserved in the printed discussion although it has obviously been selected with great care for both clarity and relevance. One problem the Ciba Foundation editors and publishers appear unable to resolve is the prolonged delay between the occurrence of a symposium and publication of the proceedings. However, the delay
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