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Numerous studies have been made of the size of the heart under normal and pathologic conditions. The difficulties in the way of obtaining accurate results are great, and many of the methods are faulty. Failure to take into consideration the amount of surrounding fat, or the stumps of large vessels may be cited as instances of these inaccurate methods. Widerøe has tried to overcome the objections to these various s omethods and by following out his own, which is modeled on that of W. Mueller, he has reached results that he regards as fairly trustworthy. His tables show a careful study of the age of the patient, the height, weight, chest measures; with details as to the heart, such as weight as a whole weight and measurements of the various parts such as ventricles, auricles, septum ventriculorum, etc. The diseases with which the patients were affected are known and there
Die Massenverhältnisse des Herzens unter Pathologischen Zuständen.. JAMA. 1911;LVII(12):1004. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260090226030