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Many approaches have been used to study bone loss in an effort to better define pathological conditions, such as clinical osteoporosis. Dequeker has used radiogrametric, anthropometric, physical, and chemical methods in a study of bone loss in several populations. The conclusions reached are generally not new, but he reemphasizes certain critical considerations that have been neglected by some other investigators.
Multiple previously recorded indexes of metacarpal mass are calculated and compared. To reduce scattering of the population, the results are grouped by skeletal size—using metacarpal width as an index of size. The author emphasizes that division by width is not
Bone Loss in Normal and Pathological Conditions.. Ann Intern Med. ;80:789–790. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-80-6-789_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;80(6):789-790.
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