Previous to the appearance of this volume, little had been done in America to acquaint the medical profession with the pediatric thought of former centuries. The author has not attempted to deal with this as a whole but has, rather, selected gems of pediatric thought, and has translated for the reader the entire texts of those pediatric masters of the past whose contributions have been noteworthy and representative. With a broad-minded criticism he has pointed out the absurdities as well as the truths in each, but cautions the reader to deal leniently with the former since in all probability much that we now regard as proved will be discarded in the future.
Throughout, one is convinced not only of the author's knowledge of pediatrics and pediatric history, but of his broad grasp and application of medical history as a whole.
Extensively reviewed are the works of Hippocrates, Soranus of Ephesus,