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June 25, 1932

Nudism Comes to America.

JAMA. 1932;98(26):2309. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730520051028

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It remains for the psychologist to explain the nudist movement. From the standpoint of health there is no reason to believe that exposure of the entire body to sunlight and fresh air will accomplish any more than exposure of those portions of the body that do not shock the puritanical. The authors of this book have visited the nudists in their special assemblages abroad and in this country. They present a complete survey of the extent to which organized nudism has made its appearance among us. One chapter is entitled "What Physicians Think." In this chapter the authors have collected replies to a questionnaire, statements from the literature, quotations from magazines and newspapers and other material from all sorts of sources. They do not, of course, distinguish between competent scientific opinion and notions. The illustrations chosen for the book are photographs of nudism in action, but neither the female nor

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