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September 27, 1902

DISCRIMINATION IN PHYSICAL CULTURE METHODS.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(13):775. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480390041006

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Abstract

The large amount of expensive advertising which is done nowadays by the propagators of various physical culture systems betokens a patronage considerable enough to pay for the outlay and probably a handsome profit besides. Considering the fact that the teachers of these various systems, either by personal direction or by correspondence, set individuals at vigorous physical training which often has no relation to the person's peculiarities or physiologic needs, it follows that not a little harm may be done, and that, therefore, the subject merits the attention of physicians who may sometimes be consulted in the matter.

It is one thing to say, as a general statement, that people do not exercise enough, but it is quite a different matter to start them on the task of building their muscular system after the model of the athletes whose pictures appear so regularly in the advertising pages of our magazines. Exercise

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