CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 2629/1/1/1
Title'Growth of Children' record cards
Extent2 bundles
DescriptionAnthropometric record cards used in publication of Low's paper, 'The Growth of Children: sixty-six boys and sixty girls each measured at three days, and at one, two, three, four and five yeas of age' (Aberdeen: University of Aberdeen, 1952).

The cards contain measurements taken by Low and his secretary, Miss Clark, between 1923 and 1927. Each subject is identified by number (1-66 for the boys and 1-60 for the girls) - names, addresses and dates of birth are not recorded.

The following details are recorded: date of observation; age; weight; head length, breadth, height and circumference; face length and breadth; nasion-alveolus; chin-occiput; chin vertex (often not completed); height at standing, sitting, suprasternal, umbilical, pubic and tip mid finger; width at biacromial and bitrochanteric; length of foot; circumference of chest; fontanelle (antr.); teeth; length of left cubit; nutrition (not completed); and trunk length.

From these measurements, the following indicies are calculated and recorded: cephalic; facial; sitting-standing; weight-height; and chest girth-height.

Additionally, the following details are also recorded: sex; whether legitimate; whether full time; number of pregnancy; birth weight; weight of placenta (not completed); length of cord (not completed); whether breast- or bottle-fed; eye colour; age at which first tooth cut; and age of parents.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThe records are available, subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions
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