The sketches in this volume have practically all appeared in the New Yorker. They are written with the intimacy that characterizes most of the material in that erudite publication. They have appeared at various times since 1927. The one of chief interest to physicians is the sketch of John F. Erdmann. It begins, singularly enough, with an apology because of the fear that the mere writing of it will get the doctor into trouble ethically. Mr. Busch classes Dr. Erdmann among the first ten surgeons of the United States. Other sketches in the volume include such persons of near medical interest as Henry Ford and Walter Hagen.