As I have stated in the preface that my object in publishing my “Manual of Anthropometry” is to invite criticism with a view to perfecting the anthropometrical chart which it contains, and which forms its chief feature, I may be excused for referring to the notice of the work which appears in NATURE, vol. xix. p. 29. The reviewer objects to the large number of measurements given in the chart, but he has overlooked my statement that many of them are of a secondary character, and that I leave the student liberty to select the measurements which best suit his purpose, requiring only of him that they shall be made and recorded in a uniform manner, and thus become the common property of statisticians. Anthropometry can make no progress as a science, so long as observers are at liberty to make the same nominal measurement of the body in four or five different ways, as is the case, for instance, with chest girths.

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ROBERTS, C. Anthropometry. Nature 19, 73 (1878).

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