Many novels have been written dealing with the life of the tuberculous. The book by Thomas Mann called the "Magic Mountain" is no doubt supreme in this field. None of these books are suitable for a person with tuberculosis or even for the hypochondriac who fears he has the condition. The present book is no exception. It is realistic but morbid. Its ideal audience includes physicians and nurses whose occupations keep them in constant contact with patients who have the disease. They will find in the revelations in this novel much that will aid them in doing more for the sick.