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December 1961

The Greatest Problem and Other Essays

Arch Intern Med. 1961;108(6):961. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620120145025

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F. L. Lucas, Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, and University Reader in English, whose essays I first noticed many years ago, by some unaccountable oversight on my part had gotten out of my range of vision. The book discussed here and several others which I have gathered on my shelves make amends for my dereliction. Lucas has written plays, poems, criticisms, essays, history, biographies of Beddoes, Crabbe, Rossetti and Tennyson; edited the works of John Webster; has dealt with the decline and fall of romantic ideals, edited Greek poetry and Greek drama, and otherwise not only embellished belles-lettres but added riches thereunto. Since I have thumped the drums and encouraged an apathetic corps of physicians to pay attention to the population explosion in reviews of eight or more books in this section over the past few years, I shall not emphasize the particular essay, The Greatest Problem, which gives its

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