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February 5, 1938

The Thinking Body: A Study of the Balancing Forces of Dynamic Man

JAMA. 1938;110(6):463. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790060055023

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This is an unusual book in content and in style. It approaches health and posture from the engineering point of view but evidences an exact knowledge of mechanics, anatomy, physiology and posture, as well as considerable psychology and philosophy. The style is terse, forceful, sometimes picturesque, often reminiscent of Victor Hugo. That such a style may sacrifice accuracy at times is shown by this statement at the beginning of chapter VIII: "To breathe is life, without breath we die, to breathe rhythmically is health." This scans well and sounds well but, when one analyzes the thought, one is compelled to doubt whether breathing rhythmically is health always and without the fulfilment of other conditions.

The technical material is presented excellently and thoroughly. It should be helpful to physicians, orthopedists, physical therapists, physical educators—to all who are attempting to aid people in conserving muscular and nervous energy in their daily tasks.

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