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The diet in the management of a case of Bright's disease of the kidneys is a very important feature. It would seem as nitrogenous ingesta in great part undergo metamorphosis and yielding their nitrogen to be carried off in combination with a portion of other elements under the form of urinary products, that a non-nitrogenous diet or one approximating it is the proper food in this disease.
The experiments of Schmidt show that the amount of urea passed in the urine is related to the quantity of food ingested, the nature of it remaining the same.
He found that when a cat ingested 44.188 grammes of meat daily, that the amount of urea excreted per kilogramme, body weight, was 2.958;
It will be seen that when the cat was living on flesh diet that the kidneys excreted on an average 6.8 parts urea for every 100 parts of meat consumed,
BATTEN JM. DIET IN BRIGHT'S DISEASE. JAMA. 1894;XXIII(16):597–598. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421210001001
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