Detailed daily observation was carried out in 10 male and 10 female adults as to the reflex restoration of the blood pressure level after an abrupt postural change from supine to sitting posture. The brachial blood pressure, after an transitory steep depression, rose exponentially and reached the original sftting level mostly within 60 seconds. Unless in fatigue or after insufficient sleep, there was no definite change in the mode and quickness of the B. P. readjustment. This is regarded as a characteristic of fitness. There was found no difference between males and females in the reflex p ttern. Fatigue or lack of sleep tended to prolong the time for B. P. readjustment. The initial transitory B. P. depression and the undulation in the course of reaching the original sitting level were also accentuated. This state, although reversible, is regarded as corresponding to a slightly affected condition of the autonomic nervous system, especially vestibular and/or vasomoter centers.
1. The author calculated the ratio of enlargement applicable to conversion of the short distance roentgenogram, shch as taken from the fluoroscopic image, into a picture that practically corresponds to an orthodiagram or tele-roentgenogram. If a cone of rays originating from a point source on the z-axis of the three-dimensional rectangular Cartesian coodinate system cast a shadow of a sphere with the center on the z-axis upon the x-y plane, the distance from the z-axis of any point (x, y) on the optical edge on the sphere is expressed by. √x2+y2. Let the “focal” distance onto the fluoroscope be F; the angle between the z-axis and the ray touching the sphere at the point (x, y) be. θ, and the fluoroscopic image corresponding to thelength. √x2+y2 cast on the x-y plane (represented by the fluoroscope) will be F tan. θ. Thus the ratio of magnification, M, is M=F tanθ√x2+y2 The author theoretically showed applicability of this formula. 2. A model of the heart was cut out from diatomaceous earth (Kieselguhr), and the applicability of the above formula was tested with satisfactory result. The actual site of the optical edge was also determined on a cadaveric normal human heart, and it was confirmed that the calculation with the above formula would not be affected by the displacement of the optical edge due to the change of focal distance. 3. Measures representing twelve principal points on the cardiac silhouette and the transverse diameter of the chest, as obtained by the orthoscopic technique in ventro-dorsal and right lateral positions were compared with those calculated from the data on the fluoroscopic image by means of the above formula. The result confirmed the validity of the author's procedure, even in the case of large hearts of athletes. 4. The author considered various condition, such as the position of the chest, the phase and depth of respiration, the phase of the cardiac cycle, the half shadoW, and the geometric sharpness of the fluorecent screen. The effect of the displacement of the chest to the right or the left on the breadth of the aorta was very distinct. 5. The data obtained by the present method of conversion from the short distance roentgenogram can be compared with those of teleroentgenography with discrepancies not larger than 2%. 6. Various convenient procedures on the above principle were also tried and suggested.
1. The authoress discussed concepts concerning biased habit in taking food, and specified a concept of “food-discriminating child. ”Many cases of such children were surveyed and the following general features were established. 2. Foodstuffs most frequently disliked include: (a) Something disliked or complained of by senior member of the family. (b) Vegetables, especially roots, of which a marked example is carrot. There occurs also relative discrimination against something, which would be acceptable in other forms, differently prepared. Hen's egg and meat are almost unanimously liked, while odorant, bitter-tasting or burningirritative stuffs are expressively disliked, 3. Regarding personal conditions it was revealed that- (a) Of all “food discriminating children” 75% were unable to take the specified foodstuff despite their own voluntary attempt with determination. (b) There was no difference between boys and girls. (c) No definite relation between food discrimieation and abnormal constitution was recognized. (d) As to the first appearance of the food-discrimination, 29.5% showed the bias from the beginning, while 56.7% seemed to have fallen in the habit by frustration due to the arrival of a baby in the family. 4. Regarding social environment in the family. - (a) The combination of an aged mother and a male child was found more effective in developing food discrimination than a young mother and a male child. (b) Food discriminating children are most frequent in families without earning occupation, while rather rare in laborer's families. (c) Food disciplination in the family was found lacking for more than half of male sole children. (d) Mother's effort of correcting the habit of food dicriminating children was by no means strong nor suitably planned. (e) Children disliking raw-fish slice (Sashimi) or fruit were most frequently distributed in wage-earner's families. 5. Gradual reduction of food discrimination with growth was studied in carrot. This vegetable was disliked by 64.9% of infants, but only 4.1% of college girls. Majority of adults showed inclination to irritative stuffs, although they were definitely disliked by infants. 6. Based on the above summarized result, the authoress enumerated key points in designing control measures against the food discrimination habit.
1. Village Miwa, Nagano Prefecture, where the Sekiguchis live, is a typical rural community in a highland district of Central Japan. A survey showed 20.5% of the whole couples in this village were of consanguineous marriage, including that between second cousins and of nearer relations. 2. Further detailed survey involving 149 consanguineous couples and as many nonconsaguineous couples revealed various features of marriage customs concerning matrimonial selection. 3. Selection is done by other persons in 60-70% of marriages on the male side, in more than 80% on the female side. In most of the cases the father or the parents are responsible for the selection. 4. Comparison between consanguineous and non-consanguineous marriages as to various criteria considered in the matrimonial selection disclosed a most probable primary reason for the appalling frequency of the consanguineous marriage. It is the sentiment of unity, involving various units of community formation. This is actually sentiment lying on the bottom of morals and customs of the Japanese race. As characteristics of community structure in Japan, stratification by traditional social ranking and segmentation by personal familiarity or relationship are very conspicuous; and these are conditioned by sentiment of unity of the group as against the remaining part of the public. 5. Much is not expected, therefore, from eugenic attempts in the form of mere intellectual dissuation toavoid consanguineous marriage, sofar as the custom in rural Japan is concerned.