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Health Exercises for Everyday Use


by Jesse Feiring Williams - 1918

When the Provost-Marshal General of the Army announced the result of the Selective Draft, showing the percentage of men rejected by the draft boards and by the Medical Corps in the cantonments, there arose at once everywhere comments on our physical unfitness. Furthermore, evidence from other sources has proved that men over thirty years of age would show still greater percentage of defects, and women of draft age physical deficiency to a corresponding degree. In fact, statistics have revealed that fifty per cent of our population is unfit according to the standard of the Army. These statements of defectiveness, together with the marked improvement in health and efficiency of those who have passed through the cantonments, prove that a vast part of our population is unfit not only for war, but also for the most efficient work in peace. From this realization of our national physical unfitness there has come an understanding of national needs, such as the need for adequate child hygiene, the need for competent medical inspection and rational physical education, and the need for national service of a democratic and universal kind.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 19 Number 5, 1918, p. 461-471
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3594, Date Accessed: 1/18/2020 3:11:30 PM

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