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January 1915

A RESPIRATION INCUBATOR FOR THE STUDY OF THE ENERGY METABOLISM OF INFANTS

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK
From the Physiological Laboratory of the Cornell University Medical College, New York City.

Am J Dis Child. 1915;IX(1):43-58. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1915.04100430048004
Abstract

For the study of the metabolism of infants, especially new-born or premature infants, it is important to have perfect control of the temperature to which the child is exposed. Preliminary work on animals with a respiration chamber surrounded by water, the latter kept warm by means of a gas-flame placed underneath, convinced me that a more exact control was necessary before observations on the infant could be undertaken. In casting about for a satisfactory type of thermoregulator, the Freas oven came to mind and after conference with the inventor (Prof. Thomas B. Freas, Dept. of Chemistry, Columbia University) as to the feasibility of the application of his regulator to the purposes in hand, plans were agreed on for the construction of an electric incubator which would be suitable for the introduction of a respiration chamber large enough to contain an infant one year of age. Dr. Freas has placed the

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