A Columbia Professor's ""Story of My Encounter with Polio"" is never self-immersed, or for that matter self-indulgent, and is a direct record of his own illness and the long aftermath as well as the hospital world in which he lived for some time. Mr. Le Comte came down with the disease in Paris and came to- to the optimistic verdict- ""all right in six months"". He was brought back, under glass, to an American hospital, then another, and after four bedridden months achieved the first smallest steps forward. The several after-effects- phlebitis and calcification; the varying techniques and therapies; the mechanical aids- from wheelchairs to braces and crutches; the many adjustments- social as well as physical; and finally back to teaching when he ""fell down on the job"" on the first day; all this- as well as the experiences of others with whom he shared this period of recovery and rehabilitation form an interesting account, to an extent more clinical than personal.