A life of medical adventure and as entertainment, it stacks up favorably with preceding books of its type. Not a book for the professional as much as for the layman. A special flair for tropical diseases, engendered during the Spanish American War led to strange experiences, -- Cuba and leprosy, India and the bubonic plague, etc., etc. An unusual background, with a mother who was once a nun, his medical training against odds, his early practice in poorhouse and jail, and the adventures and contacts of a life full of varied interests. Good man's book. And good reading.