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October 19, 1957


Author Affiliations
Staten Island, N. Y.
From the Department of Medicine, Staten Island Hospital.
JAMA. 1957;165(7):826-827. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.72980250001014

A patient's weight record is an important source of clinical information. Like the pulse and temperature curve, the appraisal of a weight record can be of tremendous diagnostic aid. In the management of congestive heart failure, kidney and endocrine disturbances, electrolytic and nutritional problems, and many postoperative states, a daily weight record is often invaluable.

For a variety of reasons, unfortunately, daily fluctuations in body weight are too often neglected or reported haphazardly. In our experience, the most important reason daily weight records are not available in an average hospital ward is the absence of a convenient, practical method for weighing patients. In the average busy hospital, the technique for weighing patients is not sufficiently organized nor is its importance emphasized. As a result, the physician's request to weigh a patient daily tends to become a chore and is relegated to the last order of business. Actually, the procedure for