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Measurement of the Surface Area of the Human Body

Nature volume 193, page 584 (10 February 1962) | Download Citation

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IN the study of heat exchanges between the human body and its environment, physiologists in the past have been interested to know the area of the surface of the experimental subject, as this quantity appears in the equations concerning convection, radiation and evaporation. In the past, surface areas were determined by covering the surface of the human subject with patches of paper and then measuring the area of all the patches after they had been stripped off the subject. Such a method is very tedious; and an approximate equation relating surface area to the height and the weight of the subject was evolved. This equation is admittedly approximate and it cannot be maintained that it will be satisfactory for all ethnic types.

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  1. National Physical Research Laboratory, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Pretoria, South Africa.

    • E. C. HALLIDAY
    •  & T. J. HUGO

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