Medical knowledge has considerable appeal to many persons other than physicians and nurses. Well edited publications like Hygeia are one means of satisfying such popular curiosity. Medical lectures by doctors to college students or other lay audiences afford another appropriate vehicle for bringing before the public medical items of general interest.
Annually for five years the New York Academy of Medicine has offered a course of medical lectures to the laity. These lectures have been deservedly successful for they have been given by men who are capable in the subjects selected for discussion, who possess the knack of picturesque expression and who are able to speak concisely and clearly. This booklet reprints six of the lectures which were offered by the Academy during 1940.
The topics chosen cover a wide field: mental disease, chemotherapy, hematology, virus disease and bronchoscopy. Each of these subjects in itself is of general interest. To