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Elsewhere in this issue is a report on physical fitness by four physicians acting as the Subcommittee on Physical Fitness of the Baruch Committee on Physical Medicine. The report rejects the concept that any one set of criteria can successfully predetermine fitness for the wide variety of tasks and activities of modern life. It also repudiates the idea that fitness can be determined on the basis of physical tests or medical examinations alone. In the words of the report, "The only final test of fitness seems to be the ability to perform the task desired without undue fatigue or exhaustion, and the qualities making this possible are those of the total personality."
PHYSICAL FITNESS AS PHYSICIANS SEE IT. JAMA. 1948;136(11):771. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890280039012