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March 21, 1959


Author Affiliations

University of Pennsylvania The School of Medicine Philadelphia.

JAMA. 1959;169(12):1368. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000290094021

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To the Editor:—  An article "Role of Pediatrician in Physical Fitness of Youth" by Lane appeared in The Journal (169:421-427 [Jan. 31] 1959). Just as any minister is against sin, any physician is in favor of physical fitness. Many of us deplore the overemphasis which has been placed on this segment of fitness in the last several years and still more resent the implication that the Kraus-Weber tests are a measure of anything more than some functions of a few muscle groups. At the Fort Richie meeting of the President's Citizens Advisory Committee on the Fitness of American Youth, the Special Interest Work Group on Health Services overwhelmingly voted down the suggestion that the Kraus-Weber tests, or any other available tests, could be taken as a scientific measure of "fitness." I question the advisability of reactivating this controversial question when the emphasis on the physical is just beginning to

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