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August 7, 1897

THE USE AND THE ABUSE OF THE BICYCLE.

Author Affiliations

JANESVILLE, WIS.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(6):275-276. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440320019001i

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Abstract

The world is on wheels; doctors and ministers, lawyers and teachers, husbands and wives, kings and queens, old and young, rich and poor, are all equal in cycling; and all must pedal, sweat and breathe dust alike. In this they share the same joys and sorrows. Cars and steamboats are wholesome affairs, so far as equalizing our outward conditions is concerned; but your true leveler in locomotion is the bicycle.

In this "age of inventions," what the telegraph and the telephone do for thought and voice, the bicycle does for the body. It is a machine with the power of impulsion induced by the muscular motion of the rider's limbs; it is a horse and buggy combined; costs less than either and fattens on air. It enables the doctor to outride microbes, and catch ozone on the wing. It puts him in prime condition for visiting his patients, and is

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