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November 1933

BASAL METABOLISM IN ASTHMA AND IN EPILEPSY

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK
From the Pediatric Service of Dr. Béla Schick, Mount Sinai Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1933;46(5_PART_I):963-968. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1933.01960050025004
Abstract

Reports in the literature on basal metabolism in asthma and epilepsy are few, and limited for the most part to adults.

In this paper we present the results of basal metabolic tests in a group of twenty-five children with allergic asthma and in a group of twenty-five children with true epilepsy.

The children with asthma were sent to the outpatient department for basal metabolic tests.1 The group with epilepsy was sent to the hospital wards for study,2 and the basal metabolic tests were made before treatment with drugs or change of diet was instituted. No test was made during an acute attack of asthma or during an epileptic seizure. The tests were made when the children were apparently symptom-free.

Studies of basal metabolism in allergic asthma that have been reported are few, and are limited to adults. Zugsmith and Kahn3 found a reduced basal metabolism in this

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