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November 1924

RESULTS OF BASAL METABOLISM TESTS IN ONE HUNDRED MENTAL CASES

Author Affiliations

PHILADELPHIA

From the Pennsylvania Hospital, Department for Mental and Nervous Diseases.

Arch NeurPsych. 1924;12(5):518-521. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1924.02200050033003
Abstract

Boothby, Sandiford1 and McCann2 have, since the beginning of the present year, reviewed the literature of basal metabolism and calorimetry in exhaustive fashion and have envisaged the clinical aspects from every angle. The general topic therefore does not call for extensive comment at the present moment; hence I am presenting observations made between Nov. 6, 1922, and Dec. 28, 1923, in mental cases, in the form of charts, with the briefest explanations possible and such tentative conclusions as seem justified. The charts exhibit basal metabolism findings, as percentages of the normal, in 100 cases, arranged in order of heat consumption from the lowest to the highest. These cases were selected from a total of 134, not for clinical reasons, but because of the reliability of the instrumental findings. In each instance, observations were made on several different occasions, and the lowest figures obtained, if not otherwise open to

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