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December 28, 1970

Body Measurements

JAMA. 1970;214(13):2337-2338. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03180130069023

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To the Editor.—  From my clinical experience, I agree with Dr. Swartz (213:2278,1970) that girth measurements are of no significant value in the clinical determination of disease.However, it should be noted that these measurements are common requirements for insurance examinations for the following three reasons: first, as a check on the height, and weight as given by the insurance applicant when he is examined where facilities are not available for these measurements, second, to determine whether or not there is adequate chest expansion, and third, to give some idea of the applicants' body build. Individuals with a significantly larger chest than abdominal measurement are considered to be better insurance risks than the reverse.