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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 42-47

Medical impacts of anthropometric records


Department of Human Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

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S S Adebisi
Department of Human Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
Nigeria
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DOI: 10.4103/1596-3519.55684

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Anthropology is now one of the inter-disciplinary scientific fields that is gaining much attention in forensic, socio-cultural, industrial and bio-medical applications. There is a need for a better awareness of some of the impacts - past and present, in the medical practice, of the records that were obtained by workers in this field in view of their proper applications. and future reference. Compilation of anthropometric works and records was conducted to evaluate the previous and current implications with the aim to highlight the importance of this seemingly old but yet evolving and dynamic subject and to elucidate its usefulness. However, despite the arduous efforts to get reliable data from anthropometric investigations, errors had most times characterized the concluding postulations of many workers in this field in the past, creating skepticism. But with better attention being given to the exercise, possible improvement in the methodology of the study with resultant authentic records and more reliable conclusion is anticipated.


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