Book Reviews
April 1932

Body Mechanics: Education and Practice.

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Report of the Subcommittee on Orthopedics and Body Mechanics of the White House Conference on Child Health and Protection, Robert B. Osgood, M.D., Chairman. Price, $1.50. Pp. 158. New York: Century Company, 1932.

Am J Dis Child. 1932;43(4):1044. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1932.01950040244021

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This is a report of a searching investigation made for the White House Conference on Child Health and Protection into the relation of body mechanics and posture to the health and well-being of children.

Body mechanics is defined by the subcommittee that conducted the investigation as "the mechanical correlation of the various systems of the body with special reference to the skeletal, muscular, and visceral systems."

"There is positive evidence," the report says, "to prove that not less than two thirds of the young children of the United States exhibit faulty body mechanics," and that this condition is likely to continue into adult life. The evidence gathered shows that improvement in body mechanics is associated with improvement in health and efficiency.

An important distinction is made in the report between training in the principles of good body mechanics and training in various physical exercises. The detailed recommendations and the suggested

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