Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi, Delhi 110 007, India.
Lung function in highlander bods of Ladakh
Article first published online: 29 APR 2005
Copyright © 1979 Wiley-Liss, Inc., A Wiley Company
American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Volume 51, Issue 3, pages 383–388, September 1979
How to Cite
Malik, S. L. and Singh, I. P. (1979), Lung function in highlander bods of Ladakh. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol., 51: 383–388. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.1330510309
- Issue published online: 29 APR 2005
- Article first published online: 29 APR 2005
- Lung function;
- High altitude;
- Biological response
A cross-sectional sample of 221 male Bods, 11 to 19 years, from Leh, Ladakh, was studied to determine some biological responses to the environment. The higher forced vital capacity and increased association between chest measurements and respiratory function as well as increased chest dimensions of the Bods resemble the findings on highland Peruvians. These differences from lowland Bods and Indians may partially be attributable to low oxygen pressure in higher areas. However, the contributing effect of factors, viz. varying activity levels and genetics, cannot be dismissed.