Many books about medicine are overly romanticized, but this is not one of them. Quite the contrary, this brief resume of historical highpoints is rather dull and bloodless writing. Much trivia is included (e.g. the Latin title and the artist's name for Vesalius' 16th century classic), and important things are glossed over (e.g. the Hippocratic oath is a ""strict code of behavior""). There is a good section on virus disease, and a concluding, annotated list of 20 medical specialties to help the reader decide his future.