Doctors against helmet compulsion

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by Simon Mason, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. Simon Mason

    Simon Mason Guest

    More than two thirds of doctors polled were against helmet compulsion. The
    comments from some of the doctors are excellent and focus on the whole
    picture, instead of anecdotes from A+E which are known to be one

    "If people are forced to wear helmets they may give up cycling altogether
    and lose the health benefits of regular exercise, they warned. More than two
    thirds of the respected journal's readers said they opposed compulsory
    helmets for adults. One respondent in the poll of 1,427 people said: "It
    gives out the message that cycling is dangerous, which it is not. The
    evidence that cycling helmets work to reduce injury is not conclusive.
    "What has, however, been shown is that laws that make wearing helmets
    compulsory decrease cycling activity. Cycling is a healthy activity and
    cyclists live longer on average than non-cyclists." Another added: "Since
    nowhere with a helmet law can show any reduction in risk to cyclists, only a
    reduction in cyclists, why would anyone want to bring in a law for something
    which is clearly not effective at reducing the risk to cyclists?"

    Why indeed.
    Simon Mason, Jul 29, 2011
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  2. Simon Mason

    bugbear Guest

    Are you sure - it's not clear to me who (exactly) was allowed
    to vote, and it certainly wasn't a random sample.

    bugbear, Jul 29, 2011
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  3. Simon Mason

    mrc7--urcm Guest

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    I did vote against compulsion in the poll and I also left a comment. I
    was alerted to it through a cycling twitter feed so that would
    definitely not generate a random sample.

    However I am a "doctor" although my doctorate is for a PhD in Molecular
    Immunobiology, but I do work in a medical field, teach medical students,
    and I do both read and have published papers in the medical literature,
    including the BMJ.

    mrc7--urcm, Jul 29, 2011
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