This is, I think, a poet's first novel. He has taken as his setting a large city hospital, with a cast of doctors, nurses, patients, pathologist, and underlings. And he assigns to each his -- or her -- fragment of the story, in stream of consciousness manner, with the connection with the hospital the connecting link. The result is a cross section of the mechanism of a large hospital, with the tension, the pressure of work, the inadequate equipment and the limited staff, and the human element emerging from the whole. The writing is sensitive, the underlying motive of medicine versus society sharply delineated. An intelligent book for limited market.