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August 28, 1909

Age and Exercise

Author Affiliations

Montclair, N. J.

JAMA. 1909;LIII(9):730-731. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02550090066012

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To the Editor:  —I have read with approbation your editorial, "The Septuagenarian Pedestrian," in the issue of August 7. I fully agree that Mr. Weston's performance is "sufficiently noteworthy... to deserve mention in a medical journal;" in fact, I go further and assert that it is a demonstration of transcendent importance to all mankind that a man after he is biblically dead, so to speak, having passed his seventieth birthday, can accomplish a feat hitherto considered next to impossible, to-wit, the walking of 3,975 miles in 105 days, or almost 38 miles a day, over, in many cases, execrable roads or on railroad ties, in severe storms, in mud, snow and sleet and sometimes, which is often worse, sand. This great exhibition of human pluck and endurance at an advanced age, is. to my mind, of far more importance than the question of the exact bacillus that causes meningitis, to

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