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September 22, 1956


JAMA. 1956;162(4):414. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970210154017

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It is generally felt that the healthful benefits derived from a properly constructed and operated municipal swimming pool far outweigh the possible hazards. Our disgraceful record of accidents as the leading cause of death among the youth of our country obligates our communities to teach our children to swim and play safely; drownings number in the thousands annually. A supervised program at a municipal pool can do its part during the vacation periods of the year. Possible health and disease hazards are minimal where preventive measures are incorporated into the design and operation of the pool. The question of overemphasis on high diving is a real one. It should always be kept in mind that the primary purpose of the pool is for teaching children to swim and gain healthful exercise in the sun and fresh air.

According to the joint committee on swimming pools and bathing places of the

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