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Article
May 1, 1915

EXERCISE AND THE BLOOD

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(18):1501-1502. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570440041014
Abstract

Despite the fact that muscular activity and exercise in the form of various athletic sports are widely lauded both as promoters of health and as remedial agencies in certain conditions, there are few systematic treatises on the subject considered from these aspects. Playgrounds and physical education are being provided to overcome the admittedly pernicious influence of indoor life on the young and the adult. Athletic training is sometimes ordered to counteract certain pathologic manifestations. It can scarcely be said, however, that the domain of the physiology of exercise, considered as an independent discipline, has yet been adequately explored in a thoroughly scientific manner. If exercise is to gain a permanent place in a complete scheme of education and in the treatment of abnormal or diseased conditions, this "Cinderella of the therapeutic family," as Dr. R. Tait McKenzie has termed it, should be placed before the profession in its true character.

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