The editors of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences do a fine job. This book is an example. It comprises 43 papers given at a meeting in April, 1959, and published five months later. Those responsible have produced a superior book.
Even the best of editors have 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. 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 that his report is preliminary, most readers will await eagerly further news