Grand reading in an intensely interesting biography of a famous surgeon. Chicago found him a name to conjure with, a personality that was always news, and a source of bickering and occasionally of calumny. But even at the bitterest, his colleagues and rivals could not deny his eminence, the greatest surgeon of them all. It was he who put appendectomy into its proper place; he invented the ""Murphy button"", he pioneered in various phases of abdominal surgery, he made surgical history. As a personality he was loved by few, revered by many, and hated by many. This is a very human story, intensely personal and intimate; and at the same time it writes a chapter in the national history of medicine. A book to call to attention of every local doctor.