An old doctor is turning over his practice to his successor. As he goes over his books in the surgery, he recalls the events of his life. Interesting, in the survey of fifty years of a changing pattern in the field of medicine and surgery but there is nothing particularly new in either the material presented or the story. Once again, as in The Citadel, there is the situation in a small industrial community, politics, rivalries, jealousies -- professional and otherwise. Dr. Bradley's strange boyhood, his long years of struggle to get his degrees, the variations from American practice make interesting reading, but it has the flavor of a twice told tale. Francis Brett Young is himself a doctor -- the technical and human basis is sound -- and he spins a good yarn, although at times he seems a trifle loquacious.