. . . had been affiliated with a hospital until retirement, had conducted a running feud with surgeons on general principle, and had been happily married for forty years. The death of his wife and enforced retirement left Doc unoccupied. But in the companionship of younger doctors connected with his hospital, in the reminiscences of medicine a half-century ago, and the comparison between the knowledge then and now of treating illness, he found the courage to carry on his daily life with renewed interest. Dr. Pepper, the author, who practiced for fifty years in Philadelphia, has obviously drawn upon his own case records in the accounts of patients the fictional Old Doc treated. The yarns the old doctor spins have doubtless more human interest than medical significance. Probably every family doctor could give similar accounts --of the lady who was certain she had a snake in her tummy, of feminine patients complaining of self-inflicted injuries, who were really only love-sick for the young physician, and others who try the intuitive powers of the most seasoned practitioner. The medical profession should find Old Doc's comments and stories of interest, but for the general reader it is not compelling.