The original three-day symposium, of which this book is the published record, was probably instructive and memorable. However, published symposia generally lack the clarity of presentation found in textbooks and the oratorical power that accompanied delivery. Editors generally fail to request their contributors to adapt their materials into a form suitable for a book. Some reduction in the quantity of data seems desirable to make the whole more easily understood as well as to reduce the high price.
The book includes discussions of bacterial inflammation and immunology, biological factors in skin repair, formation and repair of connective tissue, wound healing and remodeling, and some clinical aspects of wounds. Several thrills await the industrious uninformed reader. The principles of induction, scar contraction, and wound nutrition stand out. The enigma of the genesis of wound healing becomes somewhat clearer with the evidence of Bullough on chalones and of Grobstein on interactions between