The author of this book has become a real authority on the subject of the history of surgical anesthesia. He has been trained as a librarian, and he has learned to make proper evaluation of printed matter. He has written on the subject of the history of anesthesia repeatedly over a period of years, and his work has received the approbation of those who are keenly interested in the subject of medical history. He is therefore most competent to prepare such a book as this one.
The form of the book is one that lends itself to easy understanding because the volume is not too large, it is well printed on good paper and it is thoroughly illustrated and annotated. The purpose of the author was to discuss the subject not from the view of controversy on the point of who should have priority for a given thing but simply