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A computer-controlled scanning system and implantable, nonperturbing electric field probes were used to measure spatial distributions of the electric field in a full scale homogeneous model of a human body. The measurements were performed at three frequencies (160, 350, and 915 MHz) in the far-field and in the near-field of resonant dipoles. The specific absorption rate (SAR) distributions and the averages for body parts and the whole body are analyzed as functions of frequency. In the far-field, the SAR decreases exponentially in the direction of wave propagation in the torso at all frequencies, and large gradients of the SAR are observed along the body main axis, particularly for the E polarization. At 160 and 350 MHz high local SAR's are produced in the neck. It appears that for plane wave exposures the ratio of the peak SAR to the whole-body average SAR does not exceed 20. In the near-field, large SAR gradients are also produced, and the ratios of the peak spatial SAR to the whole-body average SAR vary from about 30 to 250 depending on the frequency and polarization. It is suggested that for near-field exposures the whole-body average SAR is not a proper dosimetric measure, and the SAR averaged over any 0.1 of the tissue volume is recommended instead.