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February 5, 1938

THE TEACHING OF BODY MECHANICS IN PEDIATRIC PRACTICE

Author Affiliations

OAKLAND, CALIF.

JAMA. 1938;110(6):419-426. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790060011003
Abstract

The purposes of this paper are first to reemphasize the importance of body mechanics as a necessary part of preventive pediatrics, second to review the mechanics of the body which determine efficiency and third to present a simplified and practical method of teaching which can be carried out in regular office practice and which has produced highly satisfactory results in my hands over a period of several years.

Efficient use of the body has so evidently a favorable effect on the general health and well being that it is accepted as an axiomatic point of departure by most writers on the subject. The bad effect of poor general health on body mechanics, with its attendant lack of muscle tone, lowered threshold of fatigue and lessened available mechanical and emotional energy, is also evident. It seems unnecessary to argue that poor body mechanics and ill health form a truly vicious circle,

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