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Has a wild and terrified expression. A few stumps of teeth remain. Lips dry. Tongue ??? and dry. Pupils of medium size, equal, regular, react to light and to accommodation. ??? ??? ???. Planter reflexes not obtained. Chest 28 ¼ in. Head 22 in. ??? 12 ¾ in. Ear to ear 10 ⅞ in. Ear 2 ⅝ in.


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Has a wild and terrified expression. A few stumps of teeth remain. Lips dry. Tongue furred and dry. Pupils of medium size, equal, regular, react to light and to accommodation. Kneejerk rather brisk. Plantar reflexes not obtained. Chest 28 ¼ in. Head 22 in. Antr Postr 12 ¾ in. Ear to ear 10 ⅞ in. Ear 2 ⅝ in.


Antr is an abbreviation for "anterior"

Similarly, Postr is an abbreviation for "posterior"

Antr Postr simply means "from front to back"

  • Thanks! I guess if you do a lot of documents of this nature you pick up on terms to look for. – Andrew Truckle Aug 17 at 5:42
  • "from front to back" - is this referring to her head do you think? – Andrew Truckle Aug 17 at 7:06
  • Given the context, I;d say so. Craniometry was still in vogue into the early 20th century. – sempaiscuba Aug 17 at 9:50
  • Also, having done a fair bit of human bio-archaeology over the years I've picked up quite a lot of the 'jargon' used by anatomists and anthropologists! – sempaiscuba Aug 17 at 9:58

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