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Human Factor and Hospital Design

Abstract

The physical anthropologists have been concerned with the documentation and description of human body size variability and its application to design. A significant problem continues to exist, however, in the communication of such knowledge to the wide variety of potential users, the design community. The critical problem is to establish a height that will accommodate the majority of users, taking into account the significant difference in eye height between people of small and large body size. Of the drawings that follow is a series concerned exclusively with this aspect of human dimension. One interesting observation is that the difference in eye height between that of a viewer of very small body size and that of one of very large body size is almost twice as much when both people are standing than when both are in a seated position

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