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Commentary on “Is Endurance Exercise Safe? The Myth of Pheidippides”

Authors: G. Richard Holt, MD, MSE, MPH, MABE, DBioethics


I commend Ms Christine Rutlen and Dr David Rutlen for their dedication in developing this interesting treatise on the effects of long-distance running on the human body.1 They have striven to survey the pertinent literature with respect to the various organs potentially affected and to address how a question about the safety of long-distance running from a patient may be answered.

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1. Rutlen C, Rutlen DL. Is endurance exercise safe? The myth of Pheidippides. South Med J 2019;112:210-214.
2. Cooper K. Aerobics. Philadelphia:M. Evans and Lippincott;1968.