The author of A Woman Surgeon fulfills her promise to herself and goes to Persia (Iran) on vacation. Of course, she drifts towards hospitals and clinics and doctors as she goes, but --interesting as these aspects of her journeyings are -- they take second place to the rest of her impressions of a country reborn. An interesting and comprehensive survey of the history of Iran, of the coming of the new regime under Reza Shah, whom she considers the most brilliant and creative man in world politics. And she sets out to show what gives her basis for her feeling. It is more than a travel book, though people who like travel books will enjoy it. Social, educational, religious, economic, artistic, industrial phases of Iran are presented. The position of women is given ample space. There is less on governmental and political machinery than any other aspects of life. A laudatory and enthusiastic and uncritcal appraisal. Good reading.