There has been insufficient study of the measurements of the normal heart. The number of cases of normal hearts measured in men are comparatively few, while the number for women and children are still less.1 The averages and ranges of measurements are usually given for weight, height, age and diameter of the chest; but, as suggested by Cohn2 after a study of his curves and those of Dietlen3 and Schieffer,4 in judging the normality of a given heart, it is necessary to have more than a single criterion, such as weight or height. A review of the literature on measurements of normal hearts fails to show any classification of the persons studied in regard to whether they were above, below or of average or ideal weight for the respective height and age.
According to the investigations of Deutsch and Kauf,1 there is a direct relation between weight and the diameter
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