A pictorial history and in essence, medical archaeology, by the author of The Century of the Surgeon, etc. synthesizes the rituals and remedies, techniques and instruments of the art and science of healing in the earliest centuries. In Egypt, the Ebers Papyrus (not later than 2100 B.C.) is actually a first textbook; there too, where they tried to cure, they also perfected the art of embalming and from the buried evidence many of the diseases then prevalent can now be identified. Assur and Babylonia had an equally well developed science; doctors left calling cards still preserved on stone, and Mesopotamia bequeathed a still older medical handbook. On to India, China, Mexico and Peru, this provides a visual history- there are some 370 illustrations, eight in full color, and it is a fascinating book to look at and learn from. There will also be an obvious gift book designation.