With many authentic, possibly some autobiographical indications, this traces analytically (and psychoanalytically) the early years- and their formative factors- of Hank Leher. Born of Jewish parentage in an Indiana mill town, his father and mother, not always in agreement, are concerted in their efforts to let him become a doctor. High school, and the stigma of anti-semitism, emotionally emphasized by his love for Quaker Jessica who gives Hank up rather than override her background; the university, and working part time at a hospital where he meets up with Prairie Wilde- unbalanced, unhappy, whom he tries to save; medical school, and Marianne, with an inheritance of chorea which determined her never to marry. Through all these relationships Hank's concern with love and hate, his need to save as he loves, are underlined in what is the first part of a projected panel of his life in several volumes. A conscientious, consistent study, but one questions the publishers' hopes for a wide market.