The Red Cross, a symbol of hope to mankind, did not originate with Florence Nightingale. Rather it was the insignia chosen by St. Camillus de Lellis in the sixteenth century to distinguish the men who joined with him in a religious order to care for the sick. In St. Camillus Edmund F. Curley has written an absorbing biography of Camillus whose life was a striking example of God's influence upon a man of His choice. As a brawling, gambling soldier of fortune Camillus was not one to feel undue concern at the plight of his fellow man. But while in Rome's Giacome Hospital for treatment of an ulcerated leg, the inhuman conditions moved him to both pity and anger. Eventually he realized that his mission in life was to alleviate the misery and suffering of the sick, but he had to overcome severe obstacles before Pope Sixtus V granted him permission to form a congregation for that purpose. This moving story of Camillus portrays him truly as a shining beacon in the progress of mankind, a true warrior in the Army of Christ, and a great saint of the Catholic Church. It is compelling reading.