The Incurable Wound is a collection of narratives of medical detection, designed for laymen and first appearing in the “New Yorker” since 1954. “The incurable wound” relates to rabies contracted through bats, and is the most dramatic of the six tales. Others relate to amnesia, aspirin, poison control centers and ACTH. In all, for the unintiated these are, or should be, truly fascinating. But for those who have as their daily tasks the very substance of these tales they provide little that is new.