Most collective biographies suffer from over-capsulization and this one is no exception. Nine chapters describe the life and times of as many men of medicine, beginning with Maimonides of Egypt during the Crusades and ending with Morell Mackenzie, physician to Crown Prince Frederick of Germany prior to World War I. Included are Linacre, Lopez, the Hunter brothers, Sam Bard, Johann Peter Frank, and Dominique Larrey. The fictionalized dialogue is acceptable if unimaginative, and each man's niche in medical history is made clear enough; but there is little vivid personal detail and the large end-of-the-telescope historical perspective confuses the reader as he jumps from country to country and from one century to another. Limited to those with an appetite for off-the-beaten-path details in social history or in the role of medical men of a particular time and place.