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September 18, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(12):957. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680120067027

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The Expenditure of Energy in Musicians  Under the direction of Prof. A. Loewy of Davos and H. von Schroetter of Vienna, as reported in the Klinische Wochenschrift, air-tight masks and rubber hoods were applied to the heads of members of the Davos orchestra and to a number of singers, both men and women. Thus, by means of gas meters, the amount of energy expended in singing and in playing various instruments was measured. The results show that the expenditure of energy in whistling, speaking and singing, and, strange to say, in the playing of brass instruments is comparatively slight. Pianists and players of stringed instruments consume much more energy. The amount of energy expended by the director of the orchestra appears to be exceedingly slight.

Care of Tuberculous Children  At a recent session of the federal council on public health (a body of experts appointed to advise the federal public

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