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February 1925

STUDIES ON THE RESPIRATORY ORGANS IN HEALTH AND DISEASE: XIV. THE VITAL CAPACITY OF THE LUNGS OF 419 FIREMEN

Author Affiliations

MINNEAPOLIS

From the department of internal medicine and the department of preventive medicine and public health, University of Minnesota Medical School.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1925;35(2):184-203. doi:10.1001/archinte.1925.00120080036004
Abstract

The vital capacity of 419 Minneapolis firemen was secured in the present study. Of this number, 345 had been in the service of the fire department for a period of time ranging from three months to thirtynine years and the remaining seventy-four were substitutes. The standing height was taken in every instance; the body weight was obtained in all but one man; the age in all but five; and the sitting height was secured in only 356 of the firemen. The men were all on active duty when they were measured. No sickness, either acute or chronic, was noted throughout the series.

TREATMENT OF THE DATA  Although the technical methods used in the collection of the data were accurate, the individual variability of the measurements taken was so large that the significance of the results could only be interpreted by the use of graphic and numerical analysis.The order of

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