"This thoroughly researched and thought-provoking book is an easy and enjoyable read...an excellent introductory text on the history of disease and medicine." Choice, February 2005
"Harrison's book is a masterful mix of narrative and historiographic analysis. his thesis about disease and the modern state, as well as the clarity of his text, will make this an accessible book even for beginner students, yet the breadth of his research and his explication of debates will make it useful to even the most advanced student and scholar." History: Reviews of New Books, Winter 2005
"In short, this is a well-crafted and well-written synthesis that meets the goal of accessibility for undergraduate courses."
Bulletin of the History of Medicine