Human surface area: Comparison of the du bois formula with direct photometric measurement

@article{Mitchell1971HumanSA,
  title={Human surface area: Comparison of the du bois formula with direct photometric measurement},
  author={David Mitchell and N. B. Strydom and C. H. van Graan and W. H. van der Walt},
  journal={Pfl{\"u}gers Archiv},
  year={1971},
  volume={325},
  pages={188-190}
}
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. 

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