The editors of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences do a fine job. This comprises 43 papers given at a meeting in April, 1959, and published five months later. Those responsible have produced a superior book, for which they and consulting editor Forsham deserve thanks and praise.
Even the best of editors has not solved the problem of how to work with a sow's ear, of course, but most of the participants at this conference brought some silk along. The papers cover a wide field: clinical facts and figures; new work in physiology; the use of oral drugs. In this book a few of the papers excel, most are good, and only a few are mediocre. I enjoyed much of this book. Steinberg contributes a scholarly and critical review of the genetics of diabetes. Fajans and Conn summarize clearly their excellent work upon diagnosis. Despite Wilkerson's insistence