If you're a G.P. like Johnny Shoemaker in a New Jersey suburb, you'll be spending your time on a lot of chart work, medicare forms, house calls, and open office hours which usually begin here when a syphilitic cop comes in for his shot. After that there are running noses, canker sores, backaches, and ""lots and lots of fat, fat, fat everybody."" Shoemaker's son is studying medicine and he's pretty dismissive about his father's ""homey handling"" which sometimes even ends in a malpractice suit. In fact Shoemaker midway through his life is beginning to wonder if he shouldn't get out of general practice when Willie Washington, the black boy who's the leading high school football star and his responsibility, hemorrhages to death (sickle cell anemia). Ready to make more mistakes he now knows he can't always avoid, Shoemaker is going to go on also being a G.P. Author Block should go on being a doctor because he really isn't much of a novelist but he does get the point across -- beleaguered Johnny Shoemaker has some of the answers you'd never get from a computerized clinic's multiphasic examination.