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January 20, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(3):184-185. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640300034014

The ready determination of the fundamental metabolic reactions in the body for the purpose of discovering pathologic conditions because of which the exchange of matter and the transformation of energy may be noticeably altered has been the goal of many investigators. Thanks to the development of clinical calorimetry, to which American investigators have contributed no small share, the estimation of the so-called basal metabolic rate has become a procedure adapted to accurate application in any well organized hospital or clinical laboratory. Only a few years ago, apparatus for this purpose was unheard of except in a few specially equipped laboratories for physiologic research in nutrition. Today, outfits for the study of metabolism at the bedside exceed the number of persons properly trained to apply the apparatus to its appropriate uses. The magnitude of the development and legitimate exploitation of these newer diagnostic resources of the medical sciences can best be

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