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April 15, 1944

Health for the Having: A Handbook for Physical Fitness

JAMA. 1944;124(16):1161-1162. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850160067036

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The title of this book promises more than the book delivers. The health problem is not so simple that one can speak justifiably of "health for the having." Especially is this true when it develops that the book is built on ideas which were current in health education immediately after the first world war. There was an era in which writers in the health field evolved rules of living. No two sets of rules were alike. The result was needless confusion and complete disillusionment with health education on the part of many individuals, lay and professional alike. Many criticisms could be made of this book particularly with respect to the handling of the portions relating to nutrition, which are definitely inadequate. Chapter xi deals with budgeting time for a theoretically satisfactory day. According to the schedule offered there must be no variation in rising time, meal time, morning exercise, morning

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