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October 18, 1947

Health and Rehabilitation Through Chest Training

JAMA. 1947;135(7):468. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890070070036

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Writing at age 86, Dr. Delano describes and illustrates his system of chest training developed over the last twenty-five years. He advocates a series of related exercises as a means of bringing about and maintaining a flexible chest, which, he contends, "is the master key to health." Advantages claimed for a flexible chest "perfectly under control" are an increased chest volume, an improved balance between the pulmonic and systemic circulations and increased respiratory and circulatory reserve. The first part of the book outlines the physiologic principles underlying the movements, while the second portion is devoted to a detailed description of the eighteen exercises. The "stunts" are carefully explained and illustrated with photographs of the author. In the remainder of the text the doctor's experience with pathologic cases is summarized. Dr. Delano is obviously an enthusiast and one who has made chest exercises his hobby. The claims he has made for

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