Ceci n’est pas un livre d’histoire.
(with apologies to René Magritte)
This is not a history book.
In the preface to his 1963 book “The American Veterinary Profession,” which chronicles the development of the veterinary profession in the United States from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s, J.F. Smithcors writes that the book “represents the distillation of several thousand volumes—by conservative estimate, somewhere between one and two million pages of material” and laments that the “best part of six years’ research and writing—one year of it full-time—has been inadequate to achieve the consistency and balance a work like this should have.”