Dale Rex Coman is Professor of Pathology and Chairman of the Pathology Department at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. He summers at Bar Harbor, Maine, from where he makes his pilgrimage to the Pleasant River. There he finds time to dream as well as to fish, and his book is as full of large thoughts as small pleasures. He meditates on life and the cycle of man and nature's seasons, or summons up an image of God investigating man's activities on a culture plate. These efforts are less happy, literally and literarily, than his, momentary observations of wild creatures: of Maine talk, and the surety that ""any day you catch a salmon is a good day."" A placebo.