Paul de Kruif always writes cleverly and with enviable facility. Here he calls himself a medical reporter, telling in journalistic fashion the story of the medical organization of Mr. Henry J. Kaiser's ship-building projects.
The book begins with an account of Dr. Sidney Garfield's twelve bed hospital in Desert Center and shows how the idea back of this—a hospital supported by many small contributions from well persons to insure good care when illness finally comes—was developed later by Mr. Kaiser at Grand Coulee and Permanente, and finally on a still larger scale to include 125,000 workers and their families of the shipyards in Richmond, Oakland and Vancouver, Washington.
Obviously, in Dr. de Kruif's opinion, Mr. Kaiser has managed to finance the cost of good medical care successfully, and obviously, too, Dr. de Kruif has been much impressed by Mr. Kaiser. He believes that Mr. Kaiser's methods, adopted to meet a