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February 23, 1957

Body Measurements and Human Nutrition

JAMA. 1957;163(8):700. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970430090038

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In this book different aspects of nutritional anthropometry are examined in 12 different papers by various authorities in related fields. The need for this book arises from the fact that the evaluation of the nutritional status of man with regard to emaciation, obesity, growth, and skeletal and muscular development is a major area of human nutrition that has been neglected. There are at present no well-defined uniform methods or properly characterized standards for these purposes. For the development of knowledge in this area it is necessary to use facts and expert knowledge from several fields that do not ordinarily have contact with each other. Among these would be the fields of nutrition, physical anthropology, pediatrics, physiology, actuarial science, anatomy, physiological hygiene, and general statistics. The appearance of the study of nutritional anthropometry is a most welcome development for physical anthropologists. The provision of valid information on this subject, including the

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