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Linear growth in the early neonatal period.
  1. N J Bishop,
  2. F J King,
  3. A Lucas
  1. MRC Dunn Nutrition Unit, Cambridge.


    To test the hypothesis that early linear growth is independent of changes in weight we undertook took simple anthropometry in 45 term infants daily to day 7 after birth. Linear growth proceeded rapidly and independently of changes in weight variations from the first day after birth; we suggest that this implies 'programmed' continuity of skeletal growth, possibly fuelled at the expense of other body tissues.

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