Relation between Measured and Recalled Body Height

Robert P. Heaney, Rita Ryan

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To the Editor: Because body size contributes to the variation in many physiologic and morphologic variables, it is generally useful to normalize results obtained in different persons with respect to differences in body size. Osteoporosis, with its reduction in standing height, is a case in point. No one would seriously suggest that all of a woman's height-related variables would immediately decrease proportionately after compression fractures. What, then, is the correct referent, or normalizer, for her data? Similarly, nutritional assessment in the bedfast elderly person often calls for a measure of stature (height) that is not easily obtainable in recumbent subjects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)795-796
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - Sep 22 1988

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  • Medicine(all)


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