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February 2, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(5):329-330. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470050033010

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Falstaff's opinion, that it is better to rust than to be scoured to nothing with perpetual motion, is echoed to a certain extent by a physician who holds that exercise is unhealthy for men past 35 years of age. He has received a number of endorsements from individuals who, while not Falstaffian in all respects, endorse that hero's philosophy to this extent. Among them are cited Russell Sage, the financier, William M. Evarts, and others who have never exerted themselves physically when they could help it and believe themselves the better for this course. The American people, according to these authorities, are ruining their constitutions by too much activity, and we are told that we should adopt a more restful way of living, at least as regards physical exercise. It would be interesting to exercise one's fancy as to a state of society in which physical inactivity was the rule

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