Medicine: Muscle Molls

The pretty brunette graduate student sat on a metal stool, with both forearms on armrests attached to tables. Her left arm was free, but her right forearm was strapped to the rubber-cushioned rest, and she gripped a handle connected to a chain-and-wheel tackle from which hung 4 kg. (8¾ Ibs.) of lead. "Hold it as long as you can," ordered the thin, white-gowned woman pacing behind the test setup last week in an enclosed balcony of Lathrop Hall, women's gymnasium of the University of Wisconsin at Madison. The coed, Marilyn Grabin, gritted her teeth and lifted the handle, got the weight...

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