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May 6, 1939

Your Chest Should Be Flat: The Deep Chest Makes Better Soil for Tuberculosis

JAMA. 1939;112(18):1858-1859. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800180082038

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This interesting little monograph should be read by general practitioners, internists, pediatricians, medical students and laymen. To quote Dr. Richard E. Scammon of the University of Minnesota, who wrote the foreword, "it is a happy example of the fusion of quantitative science with practical application." Many physicians and laymen believe that the normal chest is deep and round and that the tuberculous chest is flat; therefore the title of this book will be a shock to many persons. However, after reading the contents, which cover a vast amount of work and analyses, they will be made to understand the true dimensions of the normal chest. The author's conclusions are based on the chest measurements of more than 20,000 Minneapolis school children, the measurements of many infants from birth to school age and measurements of adults. The information is divided into the fetal, the infantile, the childhood and the adult thoracic

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