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October 1927


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By LILIAN CURTIS DREW. Price, $2. Pp. 148. Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger, 1927.

Am J Dis Child. 1927;34(4):713. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1927.04130220191019

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With the growing interest in, and increased knowledge of, functional methods of diagnosis and treatment in the diseases of children, physical exercise both as a preventive and a curative means must necessarily come into the front ranks. In heart disease, hyperkinesis, motor restlessness, lack of control and in muscular tics, no therapeutic measure excels that form of physical education which emphasizes specific corrective exercises and gymnastics. The pediatrician anxiously awaits a classification of exercises based on physiologic principles and applicable to functional disorders. Moreover, the routine lock step system of physical education at present in vogue in the schools makes a change imperative in which the child will be considered, in which the necessary distinction is made between the tall and the short, the fat and the lean, the overweight and the underweight. This new type of physical training must include exercises based on the functional capacity of the child

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