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June 13, 1936

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1936;106(24):2079-2084. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770240043019

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)April 25, 1936.

The Need for Physical Education  About eighteen months ago the minister of health suggested to the council of the British Medical Association that something might be done to bring home to the public the benefits of physical culture. The result was that the council appointed a physical education committee consisting largely of physicians and others interested in physical culture. The committee has presented an elaborate report in which it makes the startling statement: "Not less than 40 per cent of the population between the ages of 14 and 40 need, but do not participate adequately, if at all, in physical recreation or training. The results are only too evident in the defective physique of large sections of the population." To raise the national standard, it is recommended that the following measures be taken at once: (1) extended provision by local authorities of

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