MONACO, a tiny principality that mixes a certain medieval charm with 20th-century avarice, was the site of the Second International Symposium on Stress held in November 1979. Organized in honor of Hans Selye, MD, and planned for a large attendance, it attracted a disappointingly small group of approximately 200. A French air traffic controllers' strike that made travel to the conference uncertain and difficult was only one of the reasons that more people were not attracted by a program that included several Nobel Prize winners. Perhaps a program designed to appeal to everyone attracted not everyone but only a few. Perhaps a few famous experts speaking on a subject in which they had no special expertise could not compensate for a group of relatively anonymous speakers addressing subjects they apparently knew a lot about. In any event it was a small and, in my judgment, a disappointed audience.