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July 26, 1924

The Application of the Air Force Physical Efficiency Tests to Men and Women.

JAMA. 1924;83(4):295. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660040065042

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This is the third publication of material either collected by the Medical Research Council or placed at its disposal for the purposes of an anthropometric survey. The two previous reports dealt with the question whether, by any appropriate treatment of measurements long familiar to physicians and anthropologists, measurements of bodily dimensions and of respiratory capacity, it might be possible to obtain a simple method of assessing physical condition. While not all the data collected by the Council have yet been analyzed, enough have been dealt with to make it probable that this question must be answered in the negative. The present report deals with the same question and also whether less familiar systems of measurements or tests would serve as a rational basis to judge goodness or badness of physique. The tests used to select candidates for the British Royal Air Service, and known as the Group-Captain Flack's tests, were

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