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The oral-aural interplay (feedback and hear-back, as it were) that characterizes a symposium is of enormous benefit to the participants. Almost by definition, however, medical symposia are the meat of specialists, nay subspecialists, and the fare is of limited interest to the uninitiated. In published form, such proceedings lack the sparkle of faceto-face dialogue and the reader must content himself with relatively dry bones. Nevertheless, they do serve as useful reviews of recent developments and trends, and they offer between two covers summaries of many original investigations that have been reported in widely scattered journals.
Such a book is this one. Its language is English as was the language of the Stockholm meeting, and the style, despite the numerous contributors, is almost uniformly excellent. It is abundantly and discriminatingly illustrated.
The most stimulating of the contributions is that of the editors themselves. They offer persuasive evidence from their own extensive
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