The world of Tom Dooley is a world of filth, disease, and pain. It is also a world of inspiration and phenomenal courage. This autobiography goes into considerable detail as regards his medical work in Laos. Lengthy descriptions of patients and their illnesses, of specific medical problems, of victimization to political brutalities are described in a manner not recommended to the squeamish. In his account of his work and his own recent initiation into the ""brotherhood of pain""--the young doctor is a victim of cancer--Tom Dooley writes directly, presenting himself merely as a vehicle for the work which has been and must be done in oppressed areas. And in recalling his experiences he presents a portrait of a young American who closely resembles Dr. Albert Schweitzer in purpose and action.