This book began as a doctoral dissertation: it is a study, loaded with information, references and names, the information within is fascinating and thorough, perhaps challenging. Vogel hauls the reader through 266 pages of text, about 150 pages of appendices, 60 pages of end notes, and 40 pages of bibliography. He weaves a fine conglomeration of Indian history and healing practices, including chapter topics such as Indian theories of disease and shamanistic practices, early observations by "the white men" on Indian medicine, services of Indian doctors to "the white man", the influence of Indian medicine on folk medicine, and American Indian therapeutic methods.
Each of these areas shoots off into numerous others. For example, “Methods” includes diverse and detailed accounts of anæsthetics, narcotics, poisons, bleeding as therapy, cupping, sucking, and treatment of internal ailments like diabetes, epilepsy, and fevers.
Text block edges a little stained in places, dust jacket chipped at the edges but the pictorial front cover remains brightly colourful.
This wealth of informative text is enhanced by several b/w illustrations, photographs and prints of old documents.