One hundred years ago: The bicycle and the appendix

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 25 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:h

The bicycle is taking the place of the cigarette as a pathological scapegoat. When so heavy and so complex a burden of diseases has been laid upon it, one more might seem to be of little importance, were it not that this last straw is–appendicitis. Yet as everyone rides a bicycle …

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