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October 2, 1943

How to Prepare for Military Fitness

JAMA. 1943;123(5):315. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840400063028

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In this compact volume there is an excellent, well edited and adequately illustrated description of the more important methods of physical training. The material is carefully selected from among the more beneficial forms of calisthenics and conditioning exercises as they apply to military personnel. Descriptions of drills, exercises and games are concisely vivid and accurate. The author has subtly drawn on his own experience to add to the effectiveness of the instructions given. Wall scaling and tree climbing, elementary judo, wartime wrestling and boxing, unarmed defense and disarming an opponent are especially valuable and timely chapters. Further, to meet current needs, the last portion of the book adequately describes swimming and life saving procedures to be employed in common situations which soldiers and sailors are apt to encounter. Throughout there are many well drawn black and white illustrations which clarify the subject. On the whole it is an excellent handbook

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