Sweden and the Swedes Volume 1

Sweden and the Swedes Volume 1

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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. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...rheumatism, neuralgia, chronic headache, dyspepsia, general weakness, and curvature of the spine. There is another way in which this cure works good. After forty-five, a man grows neither stronger nor more active. The reverse is unfortunately the case. His motions also gradually grow more restricted. The sick-gymnastics carr'y out the motions of arms, legs, and body with the broad swing and to the full extent of youth, and so do much to arrest the advance of age--to keep the old man young. The greater portion of the movements of the sick-gymnustics are passive; that is to say, the movements are made upon you actively by attendants, you at the same time offering greater or less resistance. This requires a large corps of assistants, with corresponding expense, and has given rise to the mechanical gymnastics. The inventor of this system is Prof. Gustaf Zander, a gentleman still in the prime of life and activity. Stepping into his great gymnasium in Stockholm, you would at first imagine yourself in some large factory at Lawrence or Lowell. There are the shafts running the entire length of the hall, close up to the ceiling; from the shafts, belting runs to a hundred machines of most complicated structure, and running with all the clatter and bang of a large steam mill. But the raw materials here are human beings--sick, ailing, suffering humanity; and the product in many cases is health. Here a couple of small padded wheels travel around over a man's stomach the way digestion ought to go; there ' three small padded strikers, like those that strike the wires of a piano, rapidly play up and down a patient's backbone. Beyond, a machine grips a man under the arm-pits and raises his shoulders as he expands his chest; and further on you...show more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236910079
  • 9781236910073