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March 1955

Pictorial and Graphic Analysis of the Body Build of One Boy

Author Affiliations

From the Child Research Council and the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1955;89(3):332-340. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1955.02050110398011

A commonplace of life is than man, like other living organisms, changes in both size and shape throughout his life cycle. In the last century the basic patterns of change in size for man en masse have been well traced by means of the statistical parameters for many dimensions of the body and its parts. A beginning has been made on the over-all pattern of change in shape by a combination of pictorial and graphic methods. Continuous studies on single persons are still few and limited to only parts of the life cycle, not from unawareness of the value of total life cycle studies, but because of the formidable task of obtaining the basic data.

This study is a presentation of new combinations of existing pictorial and graphic techniques in order to visualize the changes in size and form of one boy from 4 to 19 years of age. It