The history of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and quack medicine is told by physicians, patients, nurses, writers, poets, artists, and many others through their quotes, letters, and art in order to give readers a chance to understand what medicine was like from the beginning of recorded history. The great discoveries and controversies, as well as the blunders, deceptions, and tragedies are best appreciated in the words and illustrations of those who were there at the time.
"It is a winner: a slightly quirky, eclectic collection — of paintings, drawings, advertisements, photographs, quotes, anecdotes, history, observations, and comment — that portrays the trials and triumphs of the profession of medicine...a treasure...My compliments to the author; this is indeed much more than a coffee-table book...a book with a dedicated human touch — 'a little bit about history, and a lot about people'...a delight."
— The Journal of the American Medical Association
"...a beautifully illustrated stroll through the history of medicine...It is a coffee-table book that will be picked up, leafed through, and admired over and over again."
— The New England Journal of Medicine
"...a superbly produced, lavishly illustrated volume on medicine and its presentation in history and art...This volume is a rich and eminently satisfying feast"
— ForeWord Magazine (Sept/Oct 2006)
National Book of the Year Awards
Gold Medalist in the 'History' category, ForeWord Magazine
— ForeWord Magazine, 2007
Winner in the 'History' category
— National Indie Excellence 2007 Book Awards
Winner in the 'Best Gift Book' category
— 2006 Best Book Awards, USA Book News
Silver Medalist in the 'Coffee Table' category
— PMA Benjamin Franklin Awards, 2007