1st edition. Very attractive copy. Beautifully illustrated with high quality black and white plates. Signed by the author on title page, also dedicated to Dr. R.G.T. Pallister, 24 November 1964. Copies are scarce. Gilt lettering on spine. Very slight wear to spine but otherwise a very clean copy. Douglas James Guthrie (1885-1975) was a Scottish surgeon, teacher and author who left legacies as a benefactor and a founder of two medical-history societies. He held various posts including Vice-President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Guthrie founded the Scottish Society of the History of Medicine in 1948 and became its first president. He was also president of the Section of the History of Medicine of the Royal Society of Medicine and first president of the British Society for the History of Medicine, which he had helped to found. Guthrie’s magnum opus, 'A History of Medicine', was published in 1945. This was reviewed in The Observer by George Bernard Shaw, who pronounced it “learnedly and readably done... unique and well worth its price”. It went on to multiple reprints, and German, Spanish, Italian and American editions, and remains popular to this day. It has since been described as “the most readable, literary and witty history of the profession ever written”. 'Janus in the Doorway '(a reference to the Roman god depicted as having two faces, one looking back, the other forward) is an eclectic collection of his many papers and lectures. Guthrie’s books and the societies he founded and supported were a major stimulus to the study of medical history for his and later generation.