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April 1928


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By DR. EGON HELMREICH, Assistant in the University Children's Clinic in Vienna, with an introduction by Dr. Clemens Pirquet, Director of the University Children's Clinic in Vienna. Price, 6 marks. Pp. 113, with 21 figures. Vienna: Julius Springer, 1927.

Am J Dis Child. 1928;35(4):747. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1928.01920220192017

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This small handbook is intended to give to the practicing physician the essential facts concerning energy metabolism in infants and children. The significance of the heat exchange of the body is discussed with especial reference to the characteristics of the metabolism in young children. The influences of age, body weight and build, state of nutrition, temperature, food intake and activity on the metabolism are considered. The alterations in the metabolism occurring as the result of such pathologic conditions as the infectious diseases, endocrine disturbances, obesity, and diseases of the blood are mentioned. Brief descriptions of the spirometers of Krogh and of Helmreich and Wagner and the respiration apparatus of Benedict are given. One chapter is devoted to case reports illustrating the characteristic changes in the energy metabolism occurring as the result of pathologic conditions. A bibliography of the more important contributions to the study of energy metabolism in children is

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