In this volume, are presented many disparate viewpoints of mental retardation, a syndrome of a thousand enigmatic diseases shrouded in multidisciplinary confusion. High praise is due to the contributors who have succinctly stated some of the basic problems which require resolution by behavioral scientists and molecular biologists. This reader is grateful to the organizers of the proceedings who mercifully overlooked almost all of the old mental retardation hands when they chose the participants.
The presidential address of Dr. Seymour S. Kety ably represented neurobiology, although the biomedical sciences played a minor role in the entire proceedings. Genetic, biochemical, and neurophysiological factors in mental retardation were considered briefly. Only a few of these presentations were typical of the fragmentary condensations which an expert in his field condescendingly serves up to those outside. Neurology was conspicious by the paucity of its contributions.