The proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Psoriasis, which was held at Stanford University from July 12 through 15, 1976, have been published in a handsome volume that is a great improvement over that of the 1971 symposium. The type is clear and can be read easily, and the many graphs and photographs consistently are reproduced well. There are few errors, and the editors are to be congratulated.
The opening remarks of the symposium by Dr G. Donald Whedon, director of the National Institute of Arthritis, Metabolism, and Digestive Diseases, are of particular interest. In essence, Dr Whedon acknowledged the effects of lobbying by institutions and individuals to obtain money for research on psoriasis. Of particular note was the urging of the National Institute for Arthritis, Metabolism, and Digestive Diseases by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Health, Education, and Welfare to increase its efforts in funding research on psoriasis;