The sorry state of our health is due to a gross misallocation of resources argues Allan Chase in this survey of the American and world health industry. Overcrowded hospitals, soaring medical costs which many cannot afford, and budget cuts for research are only part of the cause. ""Environmental"" factors are even more important, not just pollution, but hunger and lack of clothing and shelter ensure poor health for a quarter of America's and two-thirds of the world's population. The resources are there, but they are misused on armaments and waste. Chase goes on to criticize those who simply blame ""over-population"" for poor living conditions and bad health care. He points out that productivity has increased far faster than population and that each human being has the potential to produce far more than he consumes. The factual backing complements the sense of outrage and strengthens an impressive plea for allocation of greater resources for human needs. Chase's economics, such as blaming the Vietnam war for all shortages, are less impressive than his knowledge of health, but his basic point is still well made even though you've heard it before.