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This volume is the product of a three-day symposium held in Vienna in September 1965, which dealt with experimental and clinical aspects of brain edema. Many of the presentations dealt with various experimental models of edema, electron microscopic findings, fluid compartments, transport mechanisms, and the "barriers" of the nervous system.
The editors have compiled some 48 papers of various lengths, interspersed with informal discussions by the participants, about one half of whom were from the United States. Most of the papers had been published in detail prior to the meeting or have been since then. It is particularly interesting to read several of the European papers which have not been published previously in English. The volume is uneven; some of the papers are critical summaries by established workers, others are brief "potboilers" of limited value. The recorded informal discussions provide useful critiques of some of the papers. It is