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A history of medical reports on the Boston Marathon: 112 years and still running.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19461529     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION/METHODS: We performed a systematic search for medical reports on the Boston Marathon, run annually since April 19, 1897 and studied medically since 1899.
RESULTS: We identified 66 articles: 25 were related to cardiology; 10, exercise physiology; 8, metabolism; 5, neurology; 4, gastroenterology; 3, hematology; 3, several disciplines; and 8, nephrology, orthopedics, and general topics. The predominance of cardiology articles reflects concerns about the cardiac risks of exercise present in the early 20th century and persistent to this day. The authors and contributors included luminaries from the medical and exercise community including Drs. Paul Dudley White, Samuel Levine, Kenneth Cooper, Paul Zoll, Ellsworth Buskirk, and David Costill. The articles identified or confirmed many of the presently accepted principles of marathon medicine.
CONCLUSIONS: Medical studies on the Boston Marathon not only provide lessons applicable to managing modern athletes but also demonstrate the interests and concerns of researchers who have used the event to study the physiology of prolonged exercise for more than a century.
Paul D Thompson; Carmelo V Venero
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medicine and science in sports and exercise     Volume:  41     ISSN:  1530-0315     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Sci Sports Exerc     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-05-25     Completed Date:  2010-09-29     Revised Date:  2012-09-10    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8005433     Medline TA:  Med Sci Sports Exerc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1341-8     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Henry Low Heart Center, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT 06102, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cardiomegaly / history*
Competitive Behavior*
Exercise Tolerance*
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
History, 21st Century
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