Attempts to correlate certain body types with disease states are being made with increasing frequency. Granted that such studies are in their infancy and that their significance is not yet fully appreciated, they are nevertheless of much theoretical and possible practical interest. Recently Pearl and Ciocco1 have investigated the somatologic differences associated with diseases of the heart in white males.
Their study was based on the records of clinical and anthropometric observations made at the institute for Biologic Research of Johns Hopkins University. For the purposes of the investigation the males (all white) were divided into two groups according to the results of the clinical examinations. In one group were placed those patients who at the time of the examination gave no clinical evidence of cardiac disease, and in the other those who at the time gave clinical manifestations of cardiac disease, mild or grave as the case might