A bluff, hearty New Zealander, Sir Archibald McIndoe, ambitious for both money and success, plagued by marital problems, became a fine abdominal surgeon at the Mayo Clinic, then switched to the new field of plastic surgery in England. Then WW II came along, and with it, thousands of young airmen with horribly burned faces and hands. It was McIndoe's job to create them new ones. He did much more -- he taught them to live with their pain and disfigurement and tortuous long recoveries. How a seemingly ordinary, self-seeking person acquired the stature necessary to accomplish a great task when it was thrust upon him provides an inspirational note. Mr. Mosley manages to explain the technicalities of a specialty in an interesting and understandable manner.