Dr. Lasagns, an associate professor at Johns Hopkins, has surveyed exhaustively and presented with a great deal of wit along with blunt, non-partisan candor many of the and hotapots which have piagued the history of medicine and its practitioners. The opening chapters review the early beliefs, fads, and fashions as well as famous forerunners (witchcraft, , hypnosis, homeopathy, osteopathy, etc.,) along with some of the professional laymen who have crusaded for public enlightenment (Flexner, Margaret Sanger, Mike Gorman to drop a few names), and the more restrictive religion-medical influence. Later chapters concentrate on more modern issues: the training of physicians and the need for more, more women and more Negroes among them the extension of medical schools. ""pay the cost.... or forfeit the goals""; on the A.M.A. and some its misguided, stands; on the drug industry and the Foundations (the inefficiency and overlapping here); on malpractice suits and other medicolegal problems; on the mass media and the popularity of medical journalism at all levels; on mental health, cancer, and nutrition. It is a very enlightening and sometimes frightening report which will tell you, for instance, that polio is a continuing threat since 1956 in spite of Salk, that Kreblozen is just one of the many cancer frauds, and that you can get along without or folk medicine. Presumably those who have stocked their medicine closets on the Rx of the lay prationers will be reluctant to accept this.