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FIRST EDITION ILLUSTRATED TREASURE TROVE OF HISTORIC PEDIATRIC WRITINGS SPANNING MILLENNIA. 9 3/4 inches tall hardcover, publisher's blindstamped black cloth binding, gilt title to spine, many black & white illustrations. Spots to covers, 1/4 x 1 inch tear top of spine, scattered foxing to endpapers, binding tight and text very good. GARRISON-MORTON No. 6354: Contains sketches of the lives of the more important pediatricians of the past, with a comprehensive selection of their works, translated where necessary into English. Ruhräh has thrown much light on the important contributions of long-forgotten writers, and he has carefully traced the progress of pediatrics from ancient times to the 19th century. The book includes a valuable bibliography. REVIEW, ANNALS OF MEDICAL HISTORY-9:105 (1929): Even the external dress of this choice volume carries with it a suggestion as to the rarity of its contents. The author, in his preface, speaks of Its compilation as a labor of love. Certainly only one in love with his theme could perform the task of assembling so choice a collection of material from a veritable Babel of almost forgotten tongues. Equally, only a publisher who really loved to print beautiful books could bring together such perfection the exact paper and type and binding and printing appropriate to describing events in those very periods of the world's listory when printing elevated itself into a fine art. The result is an interesting, a scholarly and a beautiful book. ... This volume is an unique attempt to interpret, through its literature, the progress of pediatrics from the very earliest times. ... Pediatrics of the Past seems an almost perfect book of its kind. There can be no absolutely perfect book. Perfection in books is a question of taste, and therefore non-productive as a subject for dispute. ... The reader needs only to scan the pages of this volume and he will realize from the gusto of the narrative that the author enjoyed writing it. ... To write such a volume is, for a busy physician, a brave and a difficult task. To be able to write so delightfully and to baste the subject withal with the rich gravy of humorous philosophy, served up in a volume that is a joy to the eye as well as to the taste, is far more than a task, it is an achievement, a something that dwells only between the two rare lands of extraordinary industry and well-adapted genius. John A. Foote. JOHN RUHRAH (1872-1935) was professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland.