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This paperback book by a well-known British science writer gives a good running synopsis of the background of many modern developments and practices in medicine. The style, though breezy, is not objectionable. The matter as well as the manner is sound. Only a few minor errors were noted. It would have its greatest appeal for those who are thoroughly ignorant of medical history, although it is not likely to offend someone whose knowledge is deep as well as wide in such areas. Its main value is as a guidebook for further investigation and study. It could be very helpful to the undergraduate student who is thinking of a career in medicine.
William B. Bean. Medicine and Man.. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;104(1):174. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270070176037