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The Evolution of Medical Views on Exercise

James Manby Gully

Gully, James Manby, MD, The Water Cure in Chronic Disease: An Exposition of the Causes, Progress, and Termination of Various Chronic Diseases of the Digestive Organs, Lungs, Nerves, Limbs, and Skin; and of their Treatment by Water and Other Hygienic Means, New York: Wiley & Putnam, 1847.

Definition Objective

Walking allows for the dissipation of the nervous energy & the aliment.  Exercise wastes the blood & the nervous energy.

Gully, 365.

Frequency Type / Mode 

Walking, riding, driving, artificial exercise (friction) if incapable of walking.

Gully, 364, 366.

Duration Time of Day  Intensity

Walk before breakfast

Gully, 364.

Exercise needs to be regulated based on the patient’s nervous system & the food taken in and digested.  The patient should walk a great deal if the nervousness that begets tremulousness of mind and body & if the stomach allows of the digestion of a fair quantity of meat and nutritious articles. 

Gully, 364-5.

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