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Biometric analysis of splancnic and somatic weight in infancy

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During 712 consecutive autopsies on liveborn infants, body weight and the weight of single organs were systematically recorded. These data have provided the material for a statistical investigation.

Tables and graphs have been prepared to allow a statistical estimate of the normal value of the weight of organs in the first year of life, as a function of body weight and/or the subject's age.

It has been shown that in this period, the weight of an organ varies as a linear function of these two independent variables, whose action is sometimes synergic and, more rarely, in conflict in determining the weight of the organ.

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Gallo, P., Discepoli, S. & Bosman, C. Biometric analysis of splancnic and somatic weight in infancy. Virchows Arch. A Path. Anat. and Histol. 387, 175–184 (1980). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00430698

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  • Organ weight
  • Body weight
  • Normal values
  • Biometry
  • Regression analysis