Books: Wise Man from the East

VENTURE WITH IDEAS (212 pp.)—Kenneth Walker—Pellegrini & Cudahy ($3.25).

Kenneth Walker, eminent British surgeon, put his faith in the gods of Harley Street: scientific method and a good bedside manner. Off duty, he indulged his yen for the fanciful in a voyage to India, a flyer in Paraguayan railway shares, a children's book about Noah's Ark. The strains of 20th century life left him wishing, now & then, for a good latter-day ark. In 1923, a friend startled him by announcing that "a small group of people now in London . . . has...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!