Sex Differentiation and Development: Proceedings

Sex Differentiation and Development: Proceedings

Sex Differentiation and Development: Proceedings

Sex Differentiation and Development: Proceedings

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The Symposium on Sex Differenfiation and Development, the Proceedings of which constitute this Memoir, was arranged by the Society for Endocrinology and was so designed as to bring together authorities in several different disciplines.

To advance the frontiers of knowledge, an effective strategy should first establish commtuucations between distantly separated salients and in this way yield new perspectives on the intervening ground that remains to be won. Accordingly, it was decided that the subject-matter of the Symposium should range as widely as possible, should deal with single cells as well as complex organisms, with structure and function, including behaviour, and with both endogenous and exogenous influences. Such an ambitious plan of campaign was clearly not possible of execution in detail in the time available, but its adoption seemed justified because it offered unusual possibilities of stimulating and informative reconnaissance.

The broad plan of the Symposium was developed in committee, with Professor F. T. G. Prunty, Dr J. A. Loraine and Dr W. Klyne, and the details were filled in with the very welcome help of discussions with Dr M. W. H. Bishop and advice from several people, especially Dr A. S. Parkes, Dr A. U. Smith, Dr G. E. W. Wolstenholme and Dr B. Lacey. For their skilful conduct of the Symposium, grateful acknowledgment is made to the four Chairmen: Dr A. S. Parkes, Professor J. D. Boyd, Professor F. W. Rogers Brambell, and Professor E. C. Amoroso. Sincere thanks are due also to Dr P. Eckstein for aid and guidance in the editing of this Memoir.

C. R. AUSTIN

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH MILL HILL, LONDON

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