Unhealthy exercise

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 31 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:564
  1. Tony Smith

    After a summer which opened with European football and concluded with the Olympic games the time seems right to question the assumption that playing games adds to the total sum of human happiness. How valid are the arguments that a healthy body is likely to contain a healthy mind and that sport brings nations together?

    A book recently published in Norway, Olav Bull og hans Samtid (Oslo: Gyldendal Norsk Forlag, 1995), has rekindled a controversy from earlier this century, when throughout Europe young people were being told to put on shorts and open necked shirts and get out into the countryside. Schoolteachers, clergymen, and politicians (especially right wing ones) told …

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