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The Evolution of Medical Views on Exercise

Edward Johnson

Johnson, Edward MD, The Domestic Practice of Hydropathy: with Fifteen Engraved Illustrations of Important Subjects, From Drawings by Dr. Howard Johnson, New York: John Wiley, 1849.

Definition Objective

Exercise is the most important element in hydropathic treatment.  Healthy persons cannot take too much while those diseased, exercise in excess is extremely injurious and unsafe.

Johnson, 55.

Frequency Type / Mode 
Duration Time of Day  Intensity

Exercise should be done before each meal with the greatest amount between breakfast & dinner.

Johnson, 55.

Exercise should be sharp & active, so as to excite perspiration & quickened breathing.

Johnson, 55.

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