The best-selling Making of a Surgeon who's been making it elsewhere (lectures, McCalls, further books) decided he had been close-minded toward techniques of healing beyond the discipline of medicine -- acknowledging the former's ability to cure in many areas. So, in various parts of the world, he did his own research -- before and after. He attended one of Katherine Kuhlman's mass miracle meetings and following up on specific cases of her praise-be-the-Holy-Spirit achievements, found they were non-existent. He went to Texas where a Tibetan charlatan with a colorful past and a still more colorful idiom (""he farts Cadillacs"") nets about $2000 per diem at the Institute of Noetic Sciences; and then he went to the Philippines where the leading ""material"" healer, Tony Agpaoa, is building a hotel to accommodate his imported caseload. Nolen submitted himself as a patient and witnessed those procedures -- palping, squeezing and pulling out visceral tissue which had probably originated in a chicken -- performed on himself and others. En route Nolen faults false claims and faulty research not only by the Enquirer but also by Newsweek and indicates the real dangers -- people might have been helped by prompt medical attention had they not been misled by false hope. . . . Bunkum debunked, sometimes with a trace of didacticism, but still between the subject and the author, it can't miss.