Institutional, free-lance, and military positions are all examined with enthusiasm and pride (and sometimes chauvinism)by a registered physical therapist and her writer-husband in this very thorough treatment of field. Anatomies of the body, of the equipment, the practice, the courses, the history, and the capsule case-histories are coherent and complete; perhaps only the funny bone get undue attention (""Who knows? There may even be handicapped beings on Mars!""). Generally, though, the light touch will be appreciated -- note catchy chapter titles like ""Doctor Live-Again"" (that's rehabilitator Howard Rusk) or ""Anyone for Wheel-Chair Basketball?."" -- because there's a lot that's technical and theoretical. While too much emphasis is placed on gratification, on college degrees as magic carpets; and on rescuing PT from being ""the forgotten child of the medical profession,"" the urgent and obscure facets of the work are properly stressed: the interdependence of physical, mental, and social-adjustment therapies, the attitudes and experiences to come with or grow into, unusual research or jobs to go into, the distinction between miracle work and medical professionalism. Usefully appended, thoughtfully extended for boys and girls alike.