There are two and a half million children in this country- handicapped by brain injuries, whether from accidents, childhood diseases, epilepsy, enphalitte, etc.- and Mr. Hood has devoted his life to the rehabilitation of a few of them. His book should serve as an inceptive for others to do more- for more of them. The inadequacies of most of the institutions in which these children are placed, the limitations of the parents who try to deal with them- or reject them, led Mr. Hood to start a very small school- which would be a home- and later he was sponsored by a brain surgeon, Dr. Putnam, who trained him and helped him to start a larger school for the ""salvageable child"" rather than terminal-care cases. The development of that school; his program and work with different children- each presenting different problems; the use of drug therapy which can help many; and primarily the maintenance of a warm, non-threatening environment is all a part of this record of a dedicated lifework. And many of the children, saved from the "" heap of social and emotional despair"" were given the chance to live useful, happy lives.