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December 1964

What Is Sportsmedicine?

Arch Intern Med. 1964;114(6):851-852. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.03860120163023

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Medical Sociology and Cultural Anthropology of Sport and Physical Education. By Ernst Jokl, MD. Price, $7.50. Pp 166, with several illustrations. Both published by Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill 62703, 1964.

Even very sophisticated societies have found the need to move their units to polling places and to give a good account of themselves. In any society the ancient tradition of physical power tends to be diluted out whenever the parents and grandparents have collected enough honey. Then the drones, the workers, and the newborn can live and some can live it up. Physical fitness as an absolute requirement for more than mere survival dwindles in any slave society whether the slave be captured prisoner of war, imported peon, or in our time the magically trained and constrained machine. Man always tends to slip back to the nostalgia of the never-never land, a mythological

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