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Am J Dis Child. 1936;52(2):321-330. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1936.04140020064007.
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The first attempt to measure new-born infants scientifically was made by Roederer1 in 1753. Since then numerous authors have published their results, and it is seen that there is some variation in the measurements even for infants of the same race in different parts of the same country. According to Robertson,2 it has long been noticed that anthropometric studies show the general size of the new-born of European parents in America and Australia to be greater than if the infants had been born in Europe.

AIM, MATERIAL AND METHOD OF PRESENT STUDY  The present study was conceived and formulated to answer the following questions:

  1. What are the measurements at birth of infants born in America of Japanese parents as compared with those born in Japan of Japanese parents?

  2. Are there variations in the characteristic body proportions at birth between the Japanese and other races?

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