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July 10, 1937

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JAMA. 1937;109(2):136-137. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780280042017

PHYSIQUE OF YOUNG MEN DURING UNEMPLOYMENT  The effect of unemployment on health is difficult to assess. It must be disassociated from other factors such as malnutrition and original physique (which may have had something to do with the unemployment) and many others. In spite of these difficulties an attempt has recently been made by McKinlay and Walker1 to estimate the effect of unemployment on the physique. In the course of their routine duties as medical referees they examined a number of unemployed men with a view to gaging their suitability for reception into training centers organized by the Ministry of Labor. Early in this work it became apparent that the collection and analysis of actual measurements of certain physical and physiologic features indicative of the state of nutrition and physical fitness would provide the most satisfactory evidence on which to base conclusions. They consequently set out to determine the

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