MARC NOEL SHERMAN, M.D.; ANTHONY J. LECHICH, M.D.; PHILIP W. BRICKNER, M.D.; F. RUSSELL KELLOGG, M.D.; JODY GRECO, M.S.R.D.
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To the editor: The Lange skinfold calipers (Cambridge Industries, Cambridge, Maryland) have long been accepted as the definitive instrument for measuring skinfold thickness and cost approximately $150 each. The McGaw skinfold calipers (McGaw Laboratories, West Orange, New Jersey), made of plastic, may be obtained at no cost. We compared the calibration accuracy of the Lange and McGaw skin calipers during a nutritional study of 45 aged, homebound patients (1). Comparisons were made by standard deviation, linear regression coefficient, and standard t-test.
Anthropometric indices were determined by measuring triceps and subscapular skinfold thickness with both Lange and McGaw calipers in the
SHERMAN MN, LECHICH AJ, BRICKNER PW, et al. Skinfold Calipers. Ann Intern Med. 1983;98:414–415. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-3-414_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(3):414-415.
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