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Growth charts for height and weight—statement
  1. P Wraith
  1. Castlemead Publications, Hertford, UK; peter{at}

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The recent review by Professor Noel Cameron1 was, at least in our view, the most balanced of a number of reports published in recent times.

However, on reading the introduction and historical background to this article, we were once again surprised to find that the Tanner Whitehouse Takaishi (1966) and the Tanner Whitehouse (1976) height and weight charts (copyright Castlemead Publications), are both discussed as being widely used in hospitals, departments of paediatrics, community health departments, and academic institutions.

We say “once again surprised”, as Professor Cameron’s review, despite being so well balanced, is the latest in a series of articles, reviews, and publications stretching back over a number of years which uses either one or other, or both, of the above stated charts as references when discussing or comparing growth charts.2–,5 Indeed, one or two of these previously published articles have been wholly misleading, comparing as they did the British 1990 reference with the above, while at the same time failing to mention the introduction of the updated Buckler-Tanner (1995) (Castlemead Reference 11B and 12B).

The fact that the Tanner Whitehouse Takaishi (1966) and Tanner Whitehouse (1976) charts still appear to be readily available is indeed a source for concern, as none of the former have been produced or sold by ourselves for an absolute minimum of 15 years (our sales records go no further back), while the latter has neither been produced or sold for a period of some seven years. In short, Castlemead fully accept that the Tanner Whitehouse Takaishi (1966) and Tanner Whitehouse (1976) are long since obsolete, and should play no part in any considerations respecting growth charts for height and weight. Given the above, we are at a loss to understand why these two charts continue to appear as subjects for review.

In an attempt to draw this particular issue to a close, Castlemead is prepared to offer any hospital, department of paediatrics, community health department, or academic institution still holding stocks of either the Tanner Whitehouse Takaishi (1966) or Tanner Whitehouse (1976) (Castlemead Reference 11A and 12A) a “new” for “old” replacement of their stock with the updated Buckler Tanner (1995) growth charts (Castlemead Reference 11B and 12B).