The first part of this book deals with the history of syphilis, which is described in an interesting manner. Intimate sketches and biographies are used of the men whose names are associated with its study, which makes it far more interesting than the usual dry medical reading. The final part is on epidemiology and control as a health problem, and is excellent. This book is fascinating reading whether one is especially interested in the subject or not. It would make an excellent gift book, as it is beautifully bound and printed.