This is one of the most remarkable medical books ever written. The author is an able physician, who spent much of his life tracing the members of fourteen generations of one family, many of whom had suffered from that remarkable disease, porphyria; many were ill with it when he was called upon to see them, and many now living are carrying the defect, which may some day show up and cause them serious illness, even death.
This book is not only a work on the porphyrias but is also a fascinating study of genetics and is finally a detective story that has taken the author to many countries and back three hundred years to the time of the Lords Seventeen and the Dutch East India Company and the first free burghers at the Cape of Good Hope.
Condition: The book has been read and is not marred by notes, highlighting or underlining. Some minor marks to boards. The pages are intact, the binding is sound and the spine remains undamaged. Previous owner's name is written on the ffep, and there are library stamps on the ffep, the title-page and rfep. Dust-jacket accompanies book and is in plastic wrapping but has some damage: there is an open tear to the top left front cover measuring 4cm in width and 2cm in depth (see photo), there is edge rubbing and a 3cm cut to the rear.