This book is well written and very interesting. Our initial reaction, that it was too detailed for the clinician and insufficiently detailed for the researcher, was quickly dispelled. The stated purpose of the book is to develop "new approaches and better treatment for our patient," and we believe that this has been achieved by most of the contributors. We were impressed with the overall amount of information that the book presents and with its overview of many basic problems that have to be considered in clinical management. The contributors are somewhat uneven in depth of treatment, but this does not detract from the overall impact.
Meienhofer gives a clear general view of the state of the art in a discussion of peptide and protein synthesis in vitro. This chapter illustrates well the potential of this activity and indicates, even to those not involved intimately, the importance of being aware of