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March 22, 1941


JAMA. 1941;116(12):1223-1224. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820120037012

For more than a century countless workers in medical and allied fields have been actively engaged in the study of human growth, development and physical condition. Attention has already been drawn1 to a series of papers on growth by Wetzel, of Western Reserve University, in Cleveland. This work, and a more extensive analysis2 published since then, are the foundations for the most recent report by the same investigator on a method for evaluating physical fitness, which appears in this issue of The Journal.3 Up to now, by far the greatest advances in the field have pertained to infancy and have formed the basis for the theory and practice of pediatrics. But for the group of persons beyond infancy there has been less formal and less certain guidance, notwithstanding the fact that millions have already been spent on innumerable surveys conducted among preschool, school and college populations. The