Description: This is a listing of dates beginning at 1500 BC through 1999 reviewing important events during this time period. Some tend to be pertinent to urology, others not. For instance, Sir Henry Thompson's birth is noted in 1820 and Civiale was noted to invent the lithotrite in 1824. On the other hand, other events are of peripheral reference such as the birth of Walter Coffey in 1868, the individual who treated cancer by injecting an extract from the suprarenal cortex of sheep, and the description of ulcerative colitis by Sir William Allohin in 1885.
Purpose: The purpose is to identify important events for those interested, which would include primarily urologists and medical historians. Unfortunately the material tends to be superficial.
Audience: Practitioners in urology and other interested in medical history are the intended audience.
Features: Primarily dates and events are listed. Appropriate figures are included, which are primarily pictures of the individuals. Unfortunately no references are noted. The content at times is relevant to urology and at others not. As an authoritative text, the book falls short; however, it was not the intent of the editor to provide a complete history. As a browsing reference for picking up little facts relating to the history of urology, the book has some value.
Assessment: To my knowledge, there is not a comparable text. Others are more highly focused and if not, they are more comprehensive with references and expanded text.