Human surface area: Comparison of the du bois formula with direct photometric measurement
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The surface area of 237 young adult male South Africans has been measured using a cheap, simple and rapid photometric technique, and also calculated using the Du Bois height-weight prediction formula. Correlation between the two methods was high (r=0.97) but the predicted area was systematically lower than the measured area. Regression analysis yielded:
measured area (m2)=0.208+0.945 Du Bois area (m2)
for predicted areas between 1.3 and 2.1 m2.
Key-WordsSurface Area Metabolism Thermoregulation
SchlüsselwörterKörperoberfläche Stoffwechsel Wärmeregulation
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