An anatomy upon the historical body of London.
What a brilliant book! Nick Black's knowledge is encyclopaedic. Fascinating. I'm enjoying both the book and the walks!
Customer Review from Karol Sikora, Professor of Cancer Medicine, Imperial College
Black tweaks aside the curtains, scratches away the paintwork, and lifts the roofs to reveal the intriguing secrets of London's hidden medical past. With marvellous insights ... at every twist and turn, navigated with the help of clear directions and useful maps, Black's guidebook provides not only exercise for the legs but enlightenment for the mind.
BMJ, November 2006.
As the title indicates, this is a guide for walking tours of medical history in London, but it is far more than that. It is, in fact, a history of medicine ... This is a delightful book. One need not go to London or take a single one of the seven walks to learn from this most attractive book. I especially enjoyed the modern photographs, sharp and crisp.
Doody's Book Review Service
In this excellent guide, Nick Black ... offers seven walks, each of which illustrates the complex relationships between the various bodies and individuals who dealt with health provision, their triumphs, failures and many conflicts ... This is an absolute must read for those who believe that if we do not learn from the past we are condemned to repeat it.
This is an outstanding book for anyone who is interested in the history of medicine in London...I wish I could have purchased this book many years ago.
Medical Sciences History
Walks you'll actually want to go on.
Tom Lamont, Editor, Time Out: London for Londoners
Its strength lies in the guided tours, the magnificent illustrations and, lastly, a series of some 36 brief articles about subjects as diverse as ambulances, almoners, convalescent homes, finance and nurses' leagues. This is a book which anyone interested in the history of either London or medicine will find invaluable.
London Society Journal, Winter 2007
The author provides a fascinating insight into the historical development of healthcare which is relevant not only in London but in the country as a whole
Ulster Medical Journal
5 Stars: History brought to life
This valuable book makes two very unusual contributions. It explains the origins of dozens of institutions and organisations that are usually ignored by medical historians; and it provides excellent illustrations of buildings whose original function has, in many cases, been forgotten. It is a veritable mine of information.
Amazon customer review, Oct 10