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July 17, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(3):136-137. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440290042006

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The bicycle has become so an important element in modern life that it is certainly worthy of an occasional mention by the medical press. The subject has not been exhausted in its hygienic and medical relations and new points arise from time to time for consideration. A few weeks ago the nervous disorders induced by bicycling were discussed, not exhaustively it is true, by certain English physicians and it was pointed out that excess in this as in other reasonably good things had its more or less damaging influences. Other than medical writers have discussed also the iniquities of this modern indulgence, the bicycle hump and the bicycle face are matters of common jest, not on the principle of ridiculing a false alarm, but as an evidence of the popular taste for the ridiculous even in self-inflicted misfortunes. Still the bicycle becomes daily more popular and its influence on our

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