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August 29, 1896

A Defense of the Bicycle.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(9):501. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430870049011

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Abstract

Birmingham, Ala., Aug. 21, 1896.

To the Editor:  —Will you kindly allow me space to comment briefly on an editorial in the Journal of the 15th inst. entitled "Bicycling Pro and Con."I would like to ask how many cases of deformity of the female pelvis from this cause have been noted? Also, how many patients have applied for treatment for vesical and prostatic irritation caused by the bicycle saddle?To place the bicycle in its proper place as a machine for good or evil, it would seem to be necessary to compare all such damage done with the good it has accomplished. The great advantage which the wheel has over all other modes of exercise is the pleasure it affords. The therapeutic value of fun is, I think, undisputed. It combines fun with plenty of fresh air and exercise, and if there is any better combination from a health

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