This is a valuable book for several reasons. First, it is unique in the attempt to gather together the earliest threads of thought of medical men on the problems of obstetrics and gynecology that are still being studied today. Second, it presents the evidence of the evolution of our ideas on these subjects from superstition and hearsay tradition down to present day scientific experimentation and research. Third, interwoven with the gynecologic substrate is a commentary on related arts and the political structure of the times, and interesting correlations between the two are pointed out. Dr. Ricci has selected important references from the known world medical history that show us the advancement of medical thought and knowledge from prehistoric time down through Egyptian, Greek, Indian, Arabian, Persian, Syrian and Jewish medicine. He then covers the renaissance and the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
The enormous amount of work involved in compiling the