The transactions of this conference comprise one of a series of conferences of experts and their reports on a variety of basic subjects, basic in themselves and basic to clinical medicine. The purpose of these projects is amply expressed in the introductory remarks of Dr. Fremont-Smith: "With the accelerating rate at which new knowledge is accumulating and with the increasing recognition that nature is of one piece, it becomes evident that the continued isolation of the several branches of science from one another is a serious obstacle to scientific progress. Nowhere in science is the need for 'combined operations' more evident than in medicine. Today, to be effective, medical research and practice must embrace data from all of the disciplines."
At this conference, five studies were presented on various phases of investigation of the connective tissues—structure and function, pathology, chemistry (polysaccharides), enzymatically modified ovalbumins, and the effect of corticotropin (ACTH)