Books: Skits & Schizophrenia

CAPTAIN NEWMAN, M.D. (331 pp.)—Leo Rosten—Harper ($4.95).

H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N, the hero of a series of New Yorker stories by Leo Rosten, was a bemused Jewish immigrant who thought the discoverer of the laws of gravity was Isaac Newman.

Now Rosten has published a novel. Its hero is a World War II Air Corps doctor whose name is Newman and, according to one of his peers, "he acts as if it were Newton." Or perhaps just N*E*W*M*A*N. At any rate, he is brilliant, engaging, confident, commanding, twice the size of life, and certainly the...

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