A competent and for the most part objective biography of Johns Hopkins University, told largely in terms of its great men. Beginning with the founding in 1889 and the founder of whom comparatively little is known, the author, himself a Hopkins' man, traces its development, through the early days under the guidance of the ""Four Saints""- Welch, Halstead, Ozler and Kelly; then on to the present, with its leaders in focus, the medical men, the scientists, the surgeons, who made its name. Here are descriptions of research, of discoveries, of new clinics and institutes added as the Hopkins grew. And the present, where the institution stands out without benefit of the shining stars of earlier days. The appointment of a number of young men in key positions after World War II may cause history to repeat itself. He discusses the pros and cons of various Hopkins' policies, with some of which he agrees in principle if not in practice. Of somewhat specialized appeal, this story of a great institution.