A well known surgeon gives the history of fifty years of American surgery through his own life story. Starting in the days when anesthetics were almost a new factor, when modern surgery was in its infancy, when causes and treatment of infection were scarcely accepted in the present sense, he lived through the tremendous strides taken in the past generation, and makes the successive steps dramatic and personal in telling his own story. An honest, straightforward, intensely interesting autobiography, and one which the lay public will find thoroughly good reading, and the medical fraternity will appreciate. Not the human interest sort of autobiography that San Michele and Arches of the Years might be termed, but a sound story of one way of life devoted wholly to a beloved profession, dedicated to an eternal challenge to methods which might be bettered. An eye-opener to the inevitable guesswork of medicine, and a challenge to the tendency to cling to established tradition.