This volume contains the papers delivered at the third annual symposium of the Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, held in San Francisco in the fall of 1959. Thus it immediately raises questions: What, still one more symposium? Was it really necessary to bring this out as another book? In this instance, there can be little quarrel with the editor's decision to publish. Although the papers represent almost entirely reviews and discussion rather than reports of original research, their level is high, their contents are rich and cogent, and their relation to one another is meaningful. Perhaps this is no more than the general quality of excellence one might expect when the authors include such distinguished experts as Grinker, Magoun, Kety, Elkes, Rioch, and others who have been active workers in the field.
The introductory essay sets the tone and high level for the more specific papers which follow. Grinker begins his discussion