This is another worthwhile book in the ever-growing number of historical sketches of notable hospitals in this country and abroad. The author has availed himself of source material such as lecture notes, which are usually neglected in the writing of historical background. His use of personal letters, bylaws, rules and regulations of the Sloane Hospital, minutes of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as of Columbia College, have enabled him to give a first-rate account of the development of this important institution.
Dr. Speert has included an excellent introduction in which he traces the development of medical practice and its teaching in the city of New York from colonial days to the 1880's. He continues his discussion of the developments in local medicine whenever circumstances warrant, to explain events at the Sloane. One of the outstanding features is the inclusion of numerous illustrations of people—lay and professional—who were