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December 1930

VITAL CAPACITY IN COLLEGE WOMEN: I. STANDARDS FOR NORMAL VITAL CAPACITY IN COLLEGE WOMEN

Author Affiliations

SOUTH HADLEY, MASS.

From the Department of Physiology, Mount Holyoke College.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1930;46(6):930-937. doi:10.1001/archinte.1930.00140180031003
Abstract

A former paper1 on vital capacity in college women included standards derived from the physical examinations of 1,150 Wellesley freshmen. The apparatus was as good as was available when the data were gathered, 1922 to 1924, and it was used with systematic regard for accuracy. To verify or revise these standards, the vital capacities of the freshmen at Mount Holyoke College were carefully taken during the years 1925 to 1929 by the department of physical education, with an excellent Collins spirometer. The group, after the omission of oriental students and those with crippled thorax, numbered 1,337, and was, as far as is known, a typical group of freshmen—healthy young women aged about 18. The age range was small, from 16 to 23, with the very great majority from 17 to 19 years of age.

Since it became apparent from the observation of many students that those who were most likely

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