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"Corrective or therapeutic gymnastics," says the author "may be considered a new science, which was developed as the field of physical education has broadened." And yet the purposes of such exercises were not so badly stated a century ago by Signor Voarino, an Italian, in a book which he wrote as an appeal to the "aristocracy" to permit and encourage this form of exercise among "the young ladies of England." His method was developed "to restore health to persons who have long suffered under bodily infirmities, to check incipient deformities, and to lay the foundation of health and vigor in those who are yet in the earlier stages of life." This book of Voarino, written in 1826, is, as Mrs. Lippitt says, quaint, interesting and amusing to us of these days of strenuous sport and apparatus work for girls, when one reads of the simple exercise recommended, but the fundamental
A Manual of Corrective Gymnastics.. JAMA. 1924;82(6):492-493. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650320062035