Exercise Tests for Soldiers from the Diary of Paul Dudley White, July 1918.


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Title

Exercise Tests for Soldiers from the Diary of Paul Dudley White, July 1918.


Subject

World War, 1914-1918--Medical care.
United States. Army. Base Hospital No. 6.
Exercise--Physiological aspects.

Description

While attached to Base Hospital No. 6 in the summer of 1918, Paul Dudley White examined and analyzed convalescent gassed soldiers to determine their fitness for return to duty. He devised a number of respiratory and exercise tests for the soldiers, including a 100-meter run wearing a gas mask: "The run provided the exertion and the gas mask the mental spur. Bad general appearance, breathlessness, pain, faintness, cough, extreme tachycardia and exhaustion were the conditions looked for at the finish of the run and helped decide on the fitness of the individual. This test was used on about 2000 soldiers."

The passage displayed from Paul Dudley White's diary discusses the tests. He published his results after the war as "Observations on Some Tests of Physical Fitness," in the American Journal of the Medical Sciences, in 1920.

Creator

White, Paul Dudley, 1886-1973.

Source

White, Paul Dudley, 1886-1973. Papers, 1870s-1987.

Date Created

1918-07

Access Rights

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Format

text

Extent

2 handwritten pages.

Language

English.

Type

text

Identifier

H MS c36, box 74.

Provenance

Bequest of Dr. White to the Library of Harvard Medical School, 1973.

Files

0004170_dref.jpg

Citation

White, Paul Dudley, 1886-1973., “Exercise Tests for Soldiers from the Diary of Paul Dudley White, July 1918.,” OnView, accessed April 12, 2024, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/17945.