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Evidence shows that cyclists should wear helmets

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 07 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:629
  1. Ronald M Davis (,
  2. Barry Pless (
  1. Editor, Tobacco Control Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI 48202-3450, USA
  2. Editor, Injury Prevention Montreal Children's Hospital, C-538, Montreal, Quebec H3H 1P3, Canada

    EDITOR,—We are disappointed to read that “Minerva is a keen cyclist but does not like wearing her helmet.”1 This is hardly the attitude towards injury prevention that we would expect from one who is such a proficient reader of the medical literature. We are concerned that this negative view might infect many of Minerva's loyal readers. Minerva expresses interest in an article from the Journal of Medical Ethics that argued that helmets should not be made mandatory until their use …

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