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February 23, 1952

Leibesübungen mit Körperbeschädigten: Ein Lehr- und Arbeitsbuch für Körperbehinderte und ihre Betreuer

JAMA. 1952;148(8):687. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930080097038

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This is an interesting monograph on the subject of exercises for persons with bodily handicaps. Coming out of Germany, the traditional bulwark of formalism in physical education and in sports, this book shows a remarkable advance in the concept of making physical education a source of pleasure in the actual doing, as well as a means toward an objective, such as body building, and, in the case of the handicapped, rehabilitation. The book deals with organizations and methods, with general body development, with the medicine ball and the usefulness of tumbling, swimming, diving, and lifesaving, and with many variations of competitive sports for arm and leg amputees and others with various forms of body deformities. It is concerned particularly with war casualties but is equally applicable to those handicapped from any other cause. Allowing for the fact that, despite its progress toward informality, it still contains considerable evidence of characteristic

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