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January 1935

CONTOUR OF THE CHEST IN CHILDRENII. ACCORDING TO WEIGHT AND HEIGHT

Am J Dis Child. 1935;49(1):47-51. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970010056004
Abstract

Much has been written comparing height, weight and age with various body measurements, but I have found in the literature little comparison of these factors with the thoracic index. Hastings,1 in 1902, studied a group of children between the ages of 5 and 20 years. He took the average height, average weight and average width and breadth of the chest for each age group. In this way the thoracic index curves prepared from his figures were similar to each other when compared with age, height and weight (table 1).

My report deals with the relationship of the thoracic index to the body weight and height (age was considered in a previous report2) of about eighteen thousand Minneapolis school children. The measurements were taken during the winter and spring, 1932-1933.

METHOD OF MEASUREMENT  In carrying out the measurements the discarding of clothing was limited to stripping to the waist

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