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November 27, 1954

Atlas of Men: A Guide for Somatotyping the Adult Male at All Ages

JAMA. 1954;156(13):1294-1295. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950130076032

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Abstract

This volume is the fourth of a series based on the author's system of "somatotypes" for describing the human physique. This system is an elaboration of older ideas about cerebral, respiratory, muscular, and digestive types. It employs a set of three numbers representing independent estimates of the degree of development of the (1) endodermally derived organs of digestion and assimilation, (2) mesodermally derived tissues, especially muscle and bone, and (3) derivatives of the ectoderm, especially the skin and the nervous system. The older vocabulary of words like macrosplanchnic (corpulent) and leptosomatic (thin) is thus enriched with such euphonious neologisms as endomorphic and mesopenic. Part 1 is an introductory discussion of theory; part 2, the more valuable one, is comprised of a collection of 1,175 sets of photographs of adult, male physiques, accompanied by additional text, figures, and tables, and followed by appendixes and an index. The numbers obtained by the

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