Physicians pay far too little attention to the history of their profession. The average physician knows little regarding medical knowledge, theories, or conditions of previous generations. Much of the inability of physicians to explain and counteract the fads and cults which are constantly springing up is due to their lack of knowledge of the rise and fall of many similar movements. A comprehensive review of the history of medicine with sketches of some of the great leaders and pioneers in scientific work should be one of the first things presented to the medical student.
Physicians of all ages and classes who are really interested in their profession will find many things to hold their attention in Dr. Walsh's book. It contains eleven addresses delivered on various occasions and all bearing on educational or scientific questions. The first chapter, "Prescriptions, Old and New," contains many interesting examples of old and curious prescriptions.