These chapters constituted the Terry Lectures in 1938. They are a prominent contribution to the shelf of books giving historical background on medicine, and its present trends. From the days of sorcerers and medicine men, on down to today's growing social awareness of disease as a social problem, Dr. Sigerist has traced the pattern. He has done one thing I've not seen done elsewhere -- studied the history of health, as well as the history of disease and medicine and physicians. The book ends with a plea for a program of public health, for taking the doctor and the scientist out of the public market place.