When I first found that Richard Shryock had gathered together a series of historical essays on medicine in America, I was delighted but also a little puzzled. I wondered whether bringing to light a miscellany of past productions would really serve a useful purpose. It did not take long to find out that although I had read many, I had missed some. I read them all with profit. In a single book they seem more like chapters of a book than essays, speeches, and papers published in more than a dozen journals over a span of more than three decades. The fact of the matter is that Shryock, an outstanding historian of American medicine, has kept a high theme before him all these years. This is brilliantly illustrated in the separate but related elements of this volume. The book does not turn out to be any kind of a rehash
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