As the doctor'sgig gave way to the four-wheeled buggy, so the latter is being replaced by the motorcar. In spite of the many and varied annoyances connected with the automobile, each year more and more physicians are discarding the horse-drawn rig for one propelled by electricity or gasoline. For, in spite of the annoyances, and the apparent—and often real—extra expense of original cost and up-keep, the automobile has advantages for physicians which are compelling its more general use. This is especially true of the busy man in general practice whose time is valuable. To him it is becoming a necessity rather than a luxury. The automobile question, therefore, is a very practical one for physicians—one that affects their professional work, their finances and their comfort.
Three years ago,1 with considerable trepidation, we decided to issue an automobile number, and some thirty-six pages were devoted to the subject. With less