Rowland did similar lives of Salk and Madame Curie- and with this third scientific biography has provided materials in uncultured areas of medical science for younger readers. Here is the story of a Scot who from small boyhood on was interested in science. Poor, without influence, he managed to get though school, the University of Edinburgh, and to win him medical degree. Then- appalled by the suffering -- he sought a miracle drug, and in November, 1847, came up with success in the form of chloroform. The portrait is done in semi-fictional form, but holds to the authentic facts. Readable, often moving, interesting particularly in the early years.