-The New England Journal of Medicine
Lawrence's excellent discussion of medicine in the Soviet Union should be singled out for special mention in this category. The Western Medical Tradition 1800-2000 is aimed at students of the history of medicine. However, there is much to recommend the volume to those interested in broader historical matters, with useful material on patterns of disease, hospitals, the role of the state, welfare and public health. All the authors make an effort to place medical developments into their wider social and political context, with Stephen Jacyna setting the early nineteenth century most solidly in a background of political upheaval and industrialization. The book provides an excellent overview of medicine within relatively short periods."
-Deborah Brunton, The Open UniversityVictorian Studies
"...the textbook is especially strong on medical education and international organization."
- Eric J. Engstrom, Canadian Journal of History
"Far more than most surveys of medical history, this one contains not only a factual narrative but also select examinations of the intersections between health care and Western societies." --John C. Burnham, Ohio State University