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October 13, 1945

Essentials of Body Mechanics in Health and Disease

JAMA. 1945;129(7):531. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860410047020

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The senior author of this standard volume is a pioneer in the teaching and practice of this important subject. The national need for physical fitness has been shown in the mobilization of the nation's strength for war. In the armed forces the aim has been to secure strength, agility and endurance. Good body mechanics is essential in obtaining and maintaining all three. The large number of rejections in selective service examinations proves the importance of the subject. Medical examiners agree that most of the defects causing rejection are preventable. Some deformities and defects of adults could have been prevented by training in good body mechanics during childhood. Many of those rejected for various physical deformities could be rehabilitated or brought to greater usefulness and efficiency by appropriate training. It is possible through training in correct body mechanics to accelerate the return of both good function and health by teaching the

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