JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.
When it rains in a black-waxy-soiled country such as this, the mud is sticky, and when dry the roads are first very rough and then later become splendid until another rain. Last August I purchased a second-hand runabout, which had been fitted with a steering wheel instead of the regular tiller. I have had a great deal of trouble, but I still believe in the auto for our use. I put my troubles down as being due to two factors: 1. The greatest was my absolute ignorance of what an automobile really is and errors made in consequence wrought damage to the machine and kept me in hot water. 2. I bought a second-hand machine and had to learn all its weak points at once. It is certainly a most fascinating way of getting around. It saves a good deal of the doctor's time and permits hours of sleep and study that would otherwise be spent on the roads.
THE AUTO IN A MUDDY COUNTRY.. JAMA. 2006;295(15):1847. doi:10.1001/jama.295.15.1847-a