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March 23, 1918


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Editor, Sokol Americky, Chicago.

JAMA. 1918;70(12):872. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600120052025

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To the Editor:  —In the history of medicine and surgery, especially of the Egyptians and the old Hellada, exercise or physical culture went hand in hand with the healing arts for centuries up to the present so-called modern education. As believers in healthy, strong, proper living and of all systemic efforts of development of our bodies and minds, you cannot blame us if we always welcome your articles in the Propaganda for Reform department justly attacking quackery, pseudo-science, et tuti quanti. In the last issue you gave us the best in regard to the humbugs in advertising of so-called systems of gymnastics, home physical culture, etc. Swoboda's "Conscious Evolution," his daring and all his nonsense with all the refinement for selling was known to us for years and since 1890 as he started to "humbug" the others in Omaha, as the active member of our gymnastic association of Sokols. He

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