The author delineates a number of rare personalities who were important in their day. The book opens with portraits of three physicians to British royalty, two of whom served Queen Victoria. The royal physicians are Sir William Knighton, Sir James Clark, and Sir William Jenner, who is not to be confused with Edward Jenner, the discoverer of vaccination. Their prerogatives as well as some of the difficulties in which they occasionally found themselves are mentioned, as are their efforts to save the life of Queen Victoria's husband, who died prematurely of typhoid. Incidentally, the age at which Prince Albert died is said to be 44 on page 73 of this book and 42 on page 105.
There are interesting pages on Sir Edwin Chadwick, whose father taught physics to John Dalton, the man who invented the atomic theory. William Worrall Mayo, "who emigrated to America where his later career had