Sanitary memoirs of the war of the rebellion, Volume 2

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U.S. Sanitary Commission, 1869
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Page 120 - Villerme' 8 that the stature is greater, and the growth sooner completed, all other things being equal, in proportion as the country is richer, and the comfort of its inhabitants more general, seemed from his data quite plausible ; but it is not supported as a general law by the information here collected. It was based upon the hypothesis " that misery, that is to say the circumstances which accompany it, dimin1 Stntistieal Report on Sicknett and Mortality of US Army, in the years 1840-56, p.
Page 126 - ... that local influences of some kind act directly on stature; and we further learn that "the State where the physical growth has in great measure taken place, and the State of birth, which indicates the ancestry, seem to exert a marked influence on the stature.
Page 22 - ... instead of limiting the credit to the actual number of persons who entered the service anew; and hence to determine the number of men actually entering the service for the first time under the different calls, the number credited should be reduced in the same ratio that the enlistments of the same person have been repeated. The extent of this reduction cannot be calculated at this time, or even estimated with sufficient accuracy to be useful.
Page 207 - A comparison of the recoras for the two nativities O and P illustrates the difference of national characteristics most forcibly, although the descriptions of but 330 individuals belonging to the latter class are among our data. For the first, comprising natives of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, the ratio of light complexions to dark ones is as 78 to 18 ; while for the second, which includes natives of Spain, Portugal, and Spanish America, this ratio is as 19 to 66. The cases where the hair was black...
Page 167 - September, 1861, was twenty years old, eighty and one-half inches tall (204.5 centimeters), by occupation a farmer, with hazel eyes, light hair, and light complexion. He was a notorious skulker, was never with the regiment in a single battle, and deserted in August, 1862. He was known in the regiment as the "United States Ramrod.
Page 132 - D.Orbigny, who attributes 3 the supposed inferior stature in mountainous regions to the prolonged influence of a rarefied atmosphere, seems equally untenable. Among the tallest men of Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia, are the dwellers upon the slopes of the Alleghanies ; the Green Mountains of Vermont furnish a race of men among the tallest in all the New England States ; yet on the other hand the prairies and level fields of Indiana and Illinois afford a population of preeminent stature. The...
Page 543 - Persons who cannot distinguish ripe cherries upon the tree, or strawberries on the vine, by their color, are far more numerous than would be suspected by those who have given no attention to the subject ; and unless some grotesque incongruity in costume, or some remarkably inaccurate description of the color of a well-known object, compels our notice, we remain unaware of the imperfection. Serious misunderstandings or calamities have been reported in the army, resulting from mistakes in the color...
Page 409 - X., which gives for each stature the hypothetical weight based on this assumption (using the modulus 0.03156), and in the next column the difference between this hypothetical, or as we may fairly say, theoretical, weight, and the mean weights actually obtained by observation, and presented in Table IX. No reasonable doubt seems admissible that this is the true law of normal variation in weight for statures within our limits, and we are thus led to the inference that the product of the ratios of increase...
Page 29 - Desertions. * It appears beyond dispute that the crime of desertion is especially characteristic of troops from large cities and of the districts which they supply with recruits. The ratio per thousand of desertions to credits throughout the loyal States is 62.51. In the State of New York it rises to 89.06, and in the small States near New York City it is still higher.
Page 267 - In the later series this dimension was measured from the tip of the acromion to the tip of the middle finger, and we have the mean values.

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