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March 1934


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From the Nutritional Research Laboratory, University of Oregon Medical School.

Am J Dis Child. 1934;47(3):488-498. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1934.01960100014002

The Golden Age of Greece was marked by an endeavor to produce a people physically fit. The statuary of the fifth century B. C. still represents the best to be found anywhere, not only in art, but also in physical perfection of form. "A sound mind in a sound body" was their slogan and their standard. During the Victorian era the reverse idea prevailed, that a weak or crippled body fostered greatness of mind and soul. From this false premise the pendulum has swung far so that today, more than at any time since the days of classic Greece, one finds a general interest in bodily perfection. Perhaps no small factor in this renaissance is the modern style of dress. The body must be seen to be appreciated. When all sorts of defects could be concealed under bustles, flounces and false fronts, no one cared much what the body was

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