ON A golf course last Fall, a New York accountant took a healthy swing at the ball, fell to the ground and couldn’t get up. He spent the next nine weeks in a hospital. Slipped spinal disc.
A mailman in Philadelphia was forced to turn in his resignation when fallen arches made walking unbearable.
In Chicago, an office worker running for a bus suddenly crumpled to the ground. He hobbled to a stoop and sat until help arrived. Dislocated knee, the doctor said.
Multiply each of these instances by several million and you will get a rough idea of the number of bad backs, sore feet and trick knees which abound in this country alone. It all adds up to the fact that, while the human body has never been equalled from the standpoint of all-around master engineering, a number of glaring weaknesses do exist in man’s basic equipment.
Listen to Dr. Wilton M. Krogman, professor of physical anthropology at the Graduate School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania: “It has been said that man is ‘fearfully and wonderfully made.’ I am inclined to agree with that statement especially the ‘fearfully’ part of it. As a piece of machinery we are such a hodgepodge and makeshift that the real wonder is we get along as we do.”