In his preface to the first volume in this series (1972), Theodore H. Spaet wrote that the purpose of these volumes was to recognize hemostasis as "a broad field of interacting disciplines, in which there is a need for continuous consolidation of information segments." The articles were selected in an effort to "cover the breadth and depth that normal and abnormal coagulation deserves." Finally, readability as well as scholarliness were to be emphasized, "so that the series may stand both as a hemostasis text and a reference source." In all these contexts, the current volume is eminently successful.
In the first review, Madri describes endothelial cell-matrix interactions. The topics considered include recent studies of the various types of collagen, the use of monoclonal antibodies for the localization of tissue matrix components, and a comparison of large-vessel endothelium with capillary endothelial cells in tissue culture. This topic is further explored by