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September 16, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(12):946-947. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740370050028

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To the Editor:  —The editorial on "Height-Weight-Age Tables for Children" (The Journal, July 29) will do much to mark the end of an epoch of error. The reliance on weight as an indication of malnutrition has in the last decade and a half been the cause of a great deal of waste of energy and funds in public health propaganda. That it has now been deserted by its proponents is welcome news.One might venture to reenforce the lessons with which you conclude your able review.There is no one correct average weight for any age or height and one might venture to predict that there never will be. There is no one index of malnutrition, because malnutrition, whatever it may be, certainly is not a single physiologic or clinical entity.There are at least three major elements in weight. One is anthropological. The deep-breasted, broad-shouldered, brachycephalic Alpine type

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