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August 26, 1950

Principles and Practice of Therapeutic Exercises

JAMA. 1950;143(17):1528. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910520070033

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The American public is exercise conscious. Practical experience in treating patients over the years indicates that "exercisitis" thrives. Perhaps too many overexert because of a belief that vigorous exercise is essential. It is for this reason that physicians see many healthy persons with undue fatigue, numbers of patients with cardiac disease or hypertension and middle-aged athletes who have injured themselves because they had put below-par bodies to excessive strain. However, on reading this book by Dr. Kraus one senses immediately that physicians have not been scientifically aware of certain specific indications for exercise. Physicians, as a group apart from their patients, have not been sufficiently exercise-conscious. Many prescribe exercise too haphazardly as a therapeutic aid, perhaps because they have not been taught to assess its potentialities for good. The author shows how to overcome this deficiency.

He presents the problem and its solution in a thorough, well written and sufficiently

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