[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
April 29, 1974

Weaver's Bottom

JAMA. 1974;228(5):565-566. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230300013006

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


To the Editor.—  This is an affliction long known to man, described frequently in the literature of medicine back to the time of Hippocrates, and much later, Ramazzini. Chaucer makes reference to it in speaking of Weavers Hall, still standing at the very gates of Canterbury. And, of course, the noun itself is in the best Chaucerian Middle English form. Voila—the weavers bottom! When I was a youth, it was considered very daring and provocative to sing— round-fashion—in mixed company about the weavers bottoms!As long as man has sat cross-legged, tailor-fashion, he has placed the weight of his body on the ischiogluteal prominences and the sparse protection of the overlying bursae. Today's generation of youth, much given to the lotus position, has a propensity for squatting on roadsides, curbstones, sidewalks, and floors—almost anywhere. These young people then appear in their "clinics," storefront, drug control, VD, and other out-reach facilities