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July 5, 1985

On the Centre of Gravity of the Human Body as Related to the Equipment of the German Infantry Soldier

JAMA. 1985;254(1):121-122. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360010131042

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They say that if seeing is believing, measuring is understanding. No doubt with this in mind, Braune and Fischer, toward the end of the last century, determined the centers of gravity of the body and its parts and placed them in a tridimensional, coordinate network for various life-corresponding positions. As their research was subsidized by the Saxon army, they included in these studies a German infantryman, fully equipped and in soldierly attitudes. Although this work was first published in 1889, it continues to exemplify Germanic thoroughness, as demonstrated by the relentless pursuit of data and the meticulous accuracy of its conclusions, which, in 1935, were used by Pauwels when analyzing the static and dynamic forces exerted on the hip joint while standing and walking and, as recently as 1976, by one of the translators (P. G. S. Maquet) for his study of forces acting on the knee.

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