Flying Without Wings

Arnold R. Beisser, Author Doubleday Books $15.95 (189p) ISBN 978-0-385-24770-2
Graduated from Stanford Medical School and a tennis champion before his 25th birthday, Beisser was due to report for duty in the armed forces when polio felled him in 1950. Since then, the doctor has lived a full life despite the paralysis, as his lyrical and often funny story reveals. He makes the reader laugh even when discussingwithout rancorindifferent hospital ``caretakers.'' But Beisser has been blessed with the latter, including Rita, his wife of 35 years. Whizzing about in a wheelchair, the author became a psychiatrist and a professor of psychiatry among other notable accomplishments. He speaks to both the disabled and able-bodied here, assuring them that it's a joyful satisfaction to keep moving, ignoring what they lack and using what they have. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 12/01/1988
Release date: 12/01/1988
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