Selected Readings in Pathology: from Hippocrates to Virchow

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    PROF. LONG, whose excellent “History of Pathology” was referred to in these columns last year (NATURE, Oct. 5, 1929, p. 543), has again laid the student of medical history under his obligation by the present volume, which contains selections from important but, to many, almost inaccessible works from the dawn of scientific medicine down to the present time. Antiquity is represented by Hippocrates, Galen, and Celsus, the Middle Ages by Paul of gina, Rhazes and William of Saliceto, the Renaissance by Antonio Benivieni, Fracastor, and Fernel, while the rest of the book contains passages from the leading British, French, Dutch, German, and American writers of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, among whom British authors have a prominent place, as is shown by selections from Harvey, John Hunter, Baillie, Hodgson, Bright, Hodgkin, Corrigan, and Addison. In the passages from French writers, who are represented by Fernel, Astruc, Corvisart, Laennec, Louis, and Cruveilhier, we miss the inclusion of selections from the works on diphtheria and typhoid fever by Bretonneau, who in the estimation of his countrymen comes only second to Laennec as a pathologist as well as a clinician.

    Selected Readings in Pathology: from Hippocrates to Virchow.

    Edited by Prof. Esmond R. Long. Pp. xiv + 305 + 26 plates. (London: Baillière, Tindall and Cox, 1929.) 18s. net.

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