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December 7, 1946

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JAMA. 1946;132(14):862-863. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870490040012

ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSIQUE  The relation between environment in the broad sense and the physical development of human beings has been the subject of many scientific studies and much speculation. Recently Lasker1 made physical measurements on 284 adult Chinese, 97 of whom were Cantonese immigrants, 48 American born Chinese of Cantonese extraction, 5 Hawaiian born Chinese, 9 Cantonese born elsewhere and the remainder from other parts of China. The standard methods of examination described by Martin2 were followed, with a few exceptions. Certain differences in physique of Chinese men born and raised in the United States were found as compared with Chinese immigrants born in China. These differences included an increase in the stature and in all the measurements correlated with stature, such as trunk and limbs, other than chest depth. The thoracic, brachial, hand and foot indexes tended to be lower in the Chinese of American birth. The