Last March Dutton published Macartney's Fifty Years a Country Doctor, an admirable book in its way, but too much a thesis on medicine for the layman, and too much an anecdotal, homespun autobiography for the medico. It didn't quite measure up to the hope of its title. Now comes The Horse and Buggy Doctor, which seems to us the perfect blend of personal experience, human interest stories, salty anecdote, a very human philosophy and a survey of the field of medicine as it came within the province of a country doctor in Kansas, through a practice covering fifty years. Very good reading and a vital bit of Americana. The book was scheduled for later publication, but its selection by the Book of the Month as their August choice pushed the publication date forward. Hence the apparent neglect of a book which we believe is sure to be an important item. Doctors will enjoy it, even if they differ with him in his plea for the old-fashioned general practitioner and family doctor; laymen will find it an immensely readable human document.