Felix Marti-Ibañez has had a number of successful careers. He has been teacher, administrator, medical historian, psychiatrist, medical director of pharmaceutical concerns, and editor. In the process he has done much writing and now is launched as an author. Perhaps because of his hot-blooded Spanish background, he has a style poised somewhere between baroque and rococo, which at times produces in the reader manifestations of hyperpyrexic vertigo and intellectual heat exhaustion, analogous to the experience of an unacclimatized person who suddenly finds himself walking in a humid jungle. Praise which is usually reserved for the dead seems too fulsome in his dedication of the book. The unguarded indulgence in a ripe verbal felicity often splashes over into the intoxicating verbosity of linguistic compost. Fortunately acclimatization takes place, and the overworked olfactory sense fatigues easily. This book is full of much interest for the medical historian.
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