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July 20, 1940

Exercise and Keep Fit

JAMA. 1940;115(3):243. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810290073039

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The author of this book is said to be "Hollywood's ace conditioner of movie stars and business executives," and his breezily written pages are the lineal descendants of a long line of ancestors written by trainers who have been successful in the handling of newsworthy Americans. He does not pretend to medical knowledge and yet most of what he has written in this volume would be accepted as sound advice by those who have such knowledge. Some of it would not. For example, he adjures the reader to "increase resistance to illness by deep breathing in fresh air" and to "take a hot soap bath at least once a week before retiring" and to "give your body a good rubbing with ordinary table salt once a week." There would be considerable doubt among the medical men as to the efficacy of the first, many persons would be kept awake by

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