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May 22, 1948

Do You Have Body Control?

JAMA. 1948;137(4):419. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890380089032

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This pamphlet offers suggestions and describes exercise designed to bring about "body control," which is defined as the efficient use of the body in any movement. The brochure can be unfolded to form a large wall chart portraying a series of twelve exercises in black and white. Muscles coming into greatest use in each of the stunts are differentiated in the illustrations. Directions accompanying the exercises are clear and concise, and the illustrations are attractive. Some of the exercises are relatively strenuous and would require adaptation for persons long out of training or who have not practiced vigorous exercises regularly. Among the maxims found on the reverse side of the chart are suggestions relating to choice of exercises, learning to relax, improving posture and the value of physical recreation: In the school situation with adequate medical and educational supervision these charts may have real value. Indiscriminate use by the layman

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