. . . to nursing homes, although 14,000 out of 29,000 have no nurses on the premises . . . to be alone waiting for the next meal but at an average cost of under a dollar a day, what will it be like? ? ? to die, sometimes in fires, although if they have life-care contracts and death seems expedient it might be hastened. . . . This is not just an arraignment of all the disgraceful conditions which have had both local and national exposure--the authors discuss various aspects of the protective patronage of associations from the A.M.A. on down, of accreditation and supervision (only New York State is monitoring homes more strictly), of the financial forced feeding of Medicare with some of the drawbacks as well as virtues etc., etc. Actually the authors find the segregation of the aged an unhappy feature of our society ""the wrinkled face of America is not pleasing"" and all the life lines are sad ones. This is intended as an explicit report which will show the reader what to look for, and look out for, in selecting what is euphemistically known as a home.