The first edition of this book appeared some 32 years ago. It was in most respects a companion volume to the late John Fulton's anthology of physiology. It served as a source book, illustrative of major contributions to pathology from Hippocrates to Virchow. As such, like Fulton's book and Major's "Classic Descriptions" it made available to students, residents, and professors interested in consulting original sources the gist of a wide body of material that is rarely readily accessible and certainly not in individual office and laboratory libraries. It is significant that the same idealistic publisher was responsible for all three.
As to this volume, it is at least remarkable that it should go into a second edition after so long a time. Presumably the compiler was preoccupied in the interval by his other interests. I doubt that he lacked requests for another effort similar to the first. As might be