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December 22, 1956


Author Affiliations

Kansas City, Kan.

From the Department of Physical Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center.

JAMA. 1956;162(17):1524-1526. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970340014005

• Two physical aspects of disability in the aged have been especially studied, namely, the inefficiency of respiration and the inadequacy of ambulation. Habitual underventilation of the lungs was suspected in some patients because their vital capacity increased so promptly and so greatly after a program of breathing exercises and because this was accompanied by so marked an improvement of general condition and attitude. Similar evidence led to the conviction that the early achievement of ambulation in the elderly patient is more important than the concentrated exercising of particular groups of weakened muscles.