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October 29, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(18):1057. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450180051004

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At more or less regular intervals the medical journals discuss the use and abuse of the bicycle. That the latter is a valuable aid as a promoter and restorer to health the active partisanship of the bicycle world will testify, regardless of any and every attack made by physicians. Like every other therapeutic resource, it should not be applied indiscriminately to all cases; such a course would soon establish an abuse. No one would advise a patient afflicted with organic heart disease to become a professional "scorcher," or to exercise to the extent of a fifty- or a hundred-mile run, any more than he would countenance a hundred-yard dash as a daily exercise, yet we can easily see how an easy ride of five or ten miles or a walk of the same distance would be of great advantage to such a patient. Every individual is a law unto himself.

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