Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 5; Issue 2.3 (June 2017)

Page No.: 3968-3975

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijar.2017.232


Mudasir Ahmad Khan *1, Sheikh Irfan Bashir 2, Majid Ahmad Khan 3, Shaeen Shahdad 4.

*1 Demonstrator, Department of Anatomy, Government Medical College, Srinagar, Kashmir, India.

2 Registrar, Department of Orthopaedics, SMHS Hospital, Srinagar, India.

3 Post Graduate Student, Department of Pathology, SKIMS, Soura, India.

4 Professor and Head, Department of Anatomy,  Government Medical College, Srinagar, Kashmir, India.

Address for Correspondence: Dr. Mudasir Ahmad Khan, Demonstrator, Department of Anatomy, Government Medical College, Srinagar, Kashmir, India. E-Mail: doctorkhan97@gmail.com


Introduction: Estimation of stature is one of the basic parameters to identify an individual. When intact bodies are to be examined, stature estimation does not pose any problem. But when dismembered human parts are the materials to work with, it is of great challenge. Also, when dealing with human remains, estimating living stature can help to identify an unknown individual because there is a close relationship between the body part dimensions and height.

Aim: As the Kashmir region is known to be prone to disasters like terror attacks and natural calamities, the lack of anthropometric data concerning the local population of the state was felt. This study intends to fill this lacuna and derive regression formulae from the anthropometric data taken.

Material and Methods: The present study was conducted on a sample of 200 Kashmiri medical students (100 males and 100 females) within the age group of 18-25 years, studying in Government Medical College, Jammu. Only those students were taken who have no obvious deformity that can affect the measurements.

Results: It was observed that in males the length parameters show greater correlation than the breadth parameters and the highest correlation is shown by the Right Hand Length (0.626) in males and Left Hand Length (0.695) in females and lowest correlation is shown by Left Hand Breadth (0.046) in males and Right Hand Breadth (0.386) in females. Linear regression equations were also derived from each parameter studied to determine stature from them separately.

Conclusion: It is concluded that dimensions of hand provides good reliability in estimation of stature. The highest correlation coefficient between stature and right hand length in males and left hand length in case of females, with lowest standard error of estimate, indicates that comparatively hand length provides highest reliability and accuracy in estimating stature in both males and females. By deriving the population specific linear regression equations, we can determine the height of a person reliably from the dimensions of hand, provided that the person belongs to the Kashmir region of J&K state.

Key Words: Stature, Hand Length, Hand Breadth, Kashmiri population, Anthropometry, Regression.


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Cite this article: Mudasir Ahmad Khan, Sheikh Irfan Bashir, Majid Ahmad Khan, Shaeen Shahdad. DETERMINATION OF STATURE FROM MEASUREMENTS OF HAND LENGTH AND HAND BREADTH; AN ANTHROPOMETRIC STUDY OF KASHMIRI POPULATION. Int J Anat Res 2017;5(2.3):3968-3975. DOI: 10.16965/ijar.2017.213