Explains how the medical profession developed and functioned against a backdrop of high mortality, widespread disease and persistent problems of public health. Rawcliffe (U. of East Anglia) considers what alternatives were available to the patient, from society doctors to wide women, quacks and hospitals for the sick poor. Medical theories and practices are investigated, along with the often satirical and sometimes hostile attitudes of the man in the street. Distributed in the US by Books International. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.