If enclosure within hard covers defines a book, then Transplantation Today, volume 2, is a book. In reality, its content is precisely the same as Transplantation Proceedings, volume 5, No. 1, ie, the complete proceedings of the Fourth International Congress of the Transplantation Society, held in September of 1972 in San Francisco. This volume thus contains over 180 separate papers and four workshops, and to review it is akin to writing a critique of the telephone book. What Transplantation Today, volume 2, is not is a book for students or even general surgeons without specific transplantation interests. What it is is an accurate reflection of the state of the art of transplantation and its allied immunologic fields, in all its strengths and weaknesses, in the fall of 1972.
For the serious student and researcher involved in transplantation, major historic trends are discussed and reported in these papers. The philosophically critical