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November 19, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(21):1253-1254. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450210055012

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Seattle, Wash., Nov. 5, 1898.

To the Editor:  —In the Journal of October 29, you have something to say about the ill effects of bicycle riding, and among other things is mentioned the long-since prophesied ill effects on the female pelvis, by way of distorting or contracting the same, and rendering childbirth more difficult. A little further on you say: "We are not aware that the obstettricians are having any greater difficulty in delivery than formerly." And why should they? The gentleman who had prophesied that the bicycle would have a serious effect on childbirth had a mistaken idea of the entire proposition. While bicycle riding may deform the pelvis, it will have little or no effect as regards the ease of childbirth. And why? For the simple reason that "bike" riders do not have babies. Where or who is the physician that has attended a "bike" rider in confinement?

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