Mechanotherapy and Physical Education; Including Massage and Exercise

Mechanotherapy and Physical Education; Including Massage and Exercise

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...air of a certain approximate constitution, and he is at his best in this environment. He has become measurably able to carry his environment with him with reference, for instance, to temperature, and somewhat with reference to light; but the general fact remains that perfect adaptation to environment is most definitely related to health. City and Exercise.--Man has by conscious direction so utilized artificial coverings as to be able to maintain a certain thermic environment in spite of variations in the natural temperature of the atmosphere. The time is rapidly approaching when he must generally take as consciously under his direction the matter of muscular exercise, because the process of civilization is taking away from him those natural demands for muscular exercise which have been its efficient cause during the ages of evolution. The conditions of human life in civilized countries have changed more since the development of the steam-engine than they had for thousands of years previously. In the United States the proportion of steam power to manual labor is represented by a steam-engine of 11% horse-powier to every male adult inhabitant. The bulk of the heavy work in the civilized world is done by machinery and not by human muscles. There is still a good deal of muscular work performed, but it is decreasing rapidly. It is least among the most civilized peoples, and among these peoples is least among the most civilized classes. The management of machinery demands not muscular force, but muscular skill and intelligence. Occupation.--In connection with this specialization, there have arisen a whole group of so-called diseases of occupation, some of these related definitely to the specialization itself--such as writer's cramp....show more

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  • Paperback | 156 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 290g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236854799
  • 9781236854797