"The Western Medical Tradition is a beautifully produced book....It should not, however, be regarded as a book only for doctors and medical students, for it would sit just as easily on the shelves of anyone with an interest in health and disease." The Lancet
"...probably the best and most authoritative social history of Western medicine available in one volume." Gary B. Ferngren, New England Journal of Medicine
"...the lively presentation, a style that rescues each subject from cliche while it places the history of medicine in a wide social context, one that includes alternative healing, the complicated relationship between religion and medicine, the development of hospitals and medical schools, and an account of how doctors tracked the authentic but hidden world of disease as biological pathology. I highly recommend this book for all physician-philosophers and medical libraries." Alan T. Marty, Jounal of the American Medical Association
"...authoritative, up-to-date, and broad-minded survey....The Western Medical Tradition will no doubt leave its mark on the study and on the teaching of the discipline at universities." Joseph Shatzmiller, Journal of the History of Medicine
"Far more than a historical treatise, this is an interpretive text to broaden the horizons of any serious student of the history of medicine." G. Eknoyan, Choice
"The emphasis on detail may make this text a difficlut one for undergraduates but extremely rewarding..." Alexandra M. Lord, Historical Studies in the Physical Biological Sciences
"...a treasure..." The Historian
Dating back to the fifth century B.C., Greek medical practice has significantly influenced Western medical tradition up to 1800 by playing a major role in the understanding and treatment of health and disease. This book charts the influence of this tradition through twenty centuries.