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May 1936


Author Affiliations

From the department of Anthropology, Columbia University.

Am J Dis Child. 1936;51(5):1014-1038. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1936.01970170010002

The purpose of the study reported here was to investigate the relationship between rates of growth in normal persons, as manifested by a physical trait such as stature, and a basic measure of physiologic rate, the basal metabolism. I know of no study to date which has investigated this relationship directly. A number of studies of physical growth and of basal metabolism, however, have suggested the possibility of such a relationship and have led to the formulation of the present problem.

In a series of investigations based on an extensive collection of consecutive measurements of the same persons over a period of years, Boas showed that the increased variability in stature characteristic of children from the age of 11 through 16 was a statistical phenomenon due to the occurrence at different ages in different persons of the puberal acceleration of growth in stature.1 By classifying persons according to the age