Twenty-five Yardling oarsmen were X-rayed at the Dillon Field House yesterday in a long-range experiment to prove conclusively that rowing does not affect the size of the heart. Guinea pigs for the tests, these Freshmen will submit to similar X-rays semi-annually throughout their four years of college.
Even after their college days are over they will have the privilege of having their hearts examined regularly without charge, thanks to the generosity of a wealthy alumnus who is donating the money for the trials.
"Mighty big chests these men have," exclaimed James R. Lingley '28, Roentgenologist of the Hygiene Department, as he X-rayed the Yardling oarsmen yesterday afternoon. Pictures of the heart were taken from three different positions.
The whole idea is to try and clear up the age-old question as to whether strenuous athletics will impair the heart.