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December 16, 1950

The Physiology of Work and Play: A Textbook in Muscular Activity

JAMA. 1950;144(16):1414-1415. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920160088043

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As stated in the preface, this volume is primarily a textbook on the physiology of muscular activity written for undergraduates in physical education, physical therapy and recreation. The well-organized table of contents indicates that the book is divided into five parts. Part 1 considers muscle physiology, fatigue and the nervous control of muscular activity. Part 2 discusses cardiovascular-respiratory functions in relation to exercise. Part 3 is concerned with the internal environment of the body and changes occurring in the blood, tissue fluid and lymph as a result of skeletal muscle activity. Part 4 discusses skeletal muscle activity and work under such limiting environmental conditions as unusual barometric pressures and extremes of temperature and humidity, as well as under conditions of modern industry. Part 5 contains information of interest to the practicing physician with reference to convalescence and reconditioning, therapeutic exercises, physical fitness, somatotypes and psychosomatic interrelations of the nervous and

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