Roy Porter has to be the best acadamic on this subject. He knows his field of expertise well. This is a short but informative piece of work. It mainly highlights aspects of medicine, as the title says, from 1550-1860. This would be a good book to read for interest or prior to study as a way of obtaining an overview. It is also good for revision - short and sweet, easy to read but highlighting important events ie jogging the memory! Further reading and study would be recommended though.