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May 1932

GLYCEMIA IN CACHEXIA OF NURSLINGS

Author Affiliations

Assistant Physician, Provincial Institute of Puericulture MADRID, SPAIN
From the service of Dr. Bravo and Dr. Muñoyerro, Provincial Institute of Puericulture.

Am J Dis Child. 1932;43(5_PART_I):1051-1061. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1932.01950050003001
Abstract

Cobliner1 found that the blood sugar was lower in malnourished infants than in normal ones. He obtained amounts as low as 0.5 mg. of dextrose per thousand cubic centimeters of blood. He made the interesting observation that as soon as the conditions of nutrition improved the blood sugar was increased.

Brown2 discovered that the average dextrose content of the blood was 0.77 mg. per thousand cubic centimeters in hypothreptic infants whose weights were 50 per cent lower than normal. If the weight was from 50 to 80 per cent of normal, the blood sugar reached an average of 0.91. From this observation he inferred that glycemia and the degree of denutrition maintain a certain relationship.

Tisdall, Drake and Brown3 observed that the average dextrose content of the blood in atrophic infants was 0.76 mg. per thousand cubic centimeters.

Wilson, Levine and Gottschall4 stated that the blood

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