Why should another book on medical history appear? There is no dearth of them. One hundred forty-three different books of more than 100 pages on medical history were added to the National Library of Medicine between 1959 and 1964. Available in almost any language: 37 were in English; 21 were in German; 15 each were in French, Italian, and Spanish; 7 were in Russian; 6 were in Japanese; 4 each were in Swedish and Yugoslavian; and 3 each were in Danish, Dutch, Polish, and Rumanian. The goals vary: an appeal to provide detailed information, a broad general coverage, an illustration of modern problems, a fight in historical perspective to promote ideas in diagnostics, therapeutics or teaching methods, and a sublimation of a burning interest of the writer. As the goal, so the style varies.
The Neyer-Steineg and Sudhoff history of medicine has been out of print repeatedly since it first