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June 1964

Teach Yourself Physical Fitness.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(6):916-917. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280120116042

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Anybody who is utterly bewildered by the much heard expression "physical fitness," and who is greatly annoyed by it but would like to take the lazy man's way of finding out about it instead of achieving it, could not do better than to read Lindsey W. Batten's extraordinary simple, perceptive, and clear description of physical fitness. He deals with it from the point of view of evolution, of natural history, of food, of the ordinary functions of the body, of the truly important elements of exercise, and the notion that youth and fitness somehow should be conjoined rather than arbitrarily separated by the radical intrusion of automation in our age of organized indolence. Everyone talks about the push-button age. We are in it and it will destroy us; but it will not be somebody pressing the panic button, it will be the zillions of fubsy, lardaceous, plethoric young people of

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