This small volume contains much that is familiar to many readers, for the authors have drawn freely on their previously published contributions in its preparation. The declared purpose of the book is to discuss for medical students the fact that there is an essential relationship between each individual person and the disease that he or she may have, that is, to stress the constitutional factor in disease; to quote the authors' repeated statement, it is "a study of the nature of the man within the patient." That the subject matter is of popular interest is evident by an early review which appeared in Time, entitled "Bodies Make a Difference."
The theory of constitution in relation to disease as presented herewith got its impetus from a series of observations made during the epidemic of infantile paralysis in 1916. Apparently, children who were victims of this epidemic possessed certain similar identifying qualities