The proceedings of the Seventh Annual Symposium on Antibiotics are printed in this volume. The meetings were held in Washington, D. C., on November 4, 5 and 6, 1959. At this writing, it appears improbable that these symposia, as such, will be reinstituted. This is not likely to cause many tears to be shed, for the feeling had been growing in many quarters that some sort of a change in structure and conduct was overdue.
The Seventh Symposium was similar in format to preceding ones. The Chairman was Dr. Henry Welch (since resigned from the Food and Drug Administration). A wide range of material is presented in these 1034 pages. The first several papers consist of addresses by Drs. Felix Marti-Ibanez, Austin Smith, Maxwell Finland, William Kessenich and John J. Curry.