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April 7, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(14):1035-1036. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510410037013

The dependence of good health on recreation has always been recognized, though it is clear that there have been differences of opinion as to what constitutes recreation. In our day the word calls up visions of the tennis court, the gridiron or the golf links, and is generally used synonymously with sport, but it must not be forgotten that widespread as is the craving for exercise there are some who prefer the pleasures of the library or the card room. Women, while they are much more sensible regarding rational exercise than in former generations, are still too apt to regard a cooped-up afternoon at cards in a stuffy and poisonous atmosphere as recreation, and it can not be denied that the sterner sex offend the dictates of physiology almost as frequently. Even in medical meetings we have known listeners to be lulled to sleep by the carbonated air of the