The Life and Work of Sir Patrick Manson

By Phillip H. Manson-Bahr, D.S.O., M.D., F.R.C.P., and A. Alcock, C.I.E., LL.D. F.R.S., Lieut. Colonel, I.M.S. (retired). Pages i–vi, 1–273. With 12 half-tone plates. New York: William Wood and Company. Price $5.50

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The life of Sir Patrick Manson, the “Father of Tropical Medicine,” as he has been so often called, and with reason, was an eventful one, full of opportunities taken advantage of with resultant basic and most valuable contributions to our knowledge of many tropical diseases. It is well told in this work of Manson-Bahr and Alcock, and the fact that impresses one most forcibly in reading the book is, that despite the busy days of his professional life, when operating and attending his patients from early morning until late at night, Manson still found time to make researches in the laboratory and to record and publish his results. We often hear it said that it is impossible for the busy practitioner to do any research work or to find time to write for publication, but Manson and others have shown that if the will to do so is present time can be found.

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