July 7, 1917


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Heth, Ark.

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(1):61-62. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590280063029

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To the Editor:  —In The Journal, June 9, 1917, the first editorial is relative to "Food Requirements of Healthy Children." You seem to agree with Dr. Lucy Gillett in her figures as to their needs. You make no reference to your editorial of Sept. 9, 1916, p. 814. In this Dr. Du Bois, of Russell Sage Foundation, seems to find a far larger amount needed for healthy athletic boys from 13 to 16 years of age than Dr. Gillett mentions for the same ages. It occurred to me that some of your readers would more likely have a more correct view if you would endeavor to correlate the two articles.

[Comment.  —In our earlier editorial we quoted the finding of Du Bois that the basal requirement of boys in metabolism is 25 per cent. above that of the adult. We also cited the statistics of Gephart indicating that the total

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