Have just finished reading this book and loved it. (probably helps that I enjoy Historical Fiction).
There were so many topics - all of interest to the story and I felt quite comfortable with the period in history and the characters.
One of the other recent books that I have read (part of a series)is Dark Angels
which is set in the same time frame - Restoration England.
Eventhough you are shown the past and present - it does not detract from the story.
You also get a good feel for what it must have been like for a woman doctor (physic) in this period - the prejudice by the men and general public.
Good insight into medical conditions and how the treatments were administered. Charles the Second was very liberal in transmitting the "clap" to his mistresses.
The author also brought Cambridge alive and the politics and jealousy in the academic world.
Want to read Phillips" other book now - The Rossette Letter.