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February 3, 1917


JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(5):327-330. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270020007002

Much has been said and well said on the importance for health and efficiency of straight standing and sitting, and on the deletrious effect on posture of weakness, poor health, overwork and certain types of physique.

The effect of extrinsic conditions, such as clothing, furniture and certain features of family, school and industrial life on habitual posture, are also important. In order to atudy such matters more closely and to improve personal and environmental conditions affecting posture, the American Posture League was organized three years ago by a group of physicians and educators, and this paper aims to present some of the results of work done by its technical committees, or officially approved by them.

Broadly speaking, a good basic standing posture is one in which the different segments of the body, head, neck, chest,

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