Many internes have now completed their hospital services and are seeking a vacation before entering on active practice, and a much greater number of students will presently take their degrees after several laborious years. As only a small proportion of the latter can secure hospital appointments some way by which the others can combine remunerative work with wholesome recreation is desirable.
For such men positions as ship surgeons are ideal; these positions may be held for a few months. English graduates gladly take them. Students are often worn out by their long terms of mental and physical work, and a few trips across the Atlantic or to Indian and Chinese ports are of great benefit. As arrangements for this work are made in the home offices of the companies, British physicians have the advantage of us, for their merchant marine commands a far greater number of ships, which visit nearly