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July 30, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(5):391-392. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690050057032

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To the Editor:  —May I offer a different point of view of the subject of the education of the public in medicine and in health, discussed respectively in The Journal, June 11, and in Hygeia for July? Both editorials referred to the "peculiar notion" of one newspaper health columnist as to what constitutes good exercise. As I acknowledge the "somersaulting mania" I beg to correct the editorial misunderstanding about that. I have never so intimated, nor even admitted, but have often insisted in my column that somersaulting is not exercise.Both articles commented on the "strange notion that disease is entirely a matter of the infecting organism and the individual's natural resistance to disease and that factors which may lessen his natural immunity have little or nothing to do with the case." I acknowledge paternity of this strange notion, too. But I submit that the editorial states the thought clumsily.

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