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May 1, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(18):1384. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670440058029

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To the Editor:  —My attention has been drawn to Dr. E. F. Du Bois' comments on "Basal Metabolism in Health and Disease." I have also read with interest Dr. S. S. Cohen's letter (The Journal, Jan. 28, 1922, p. 297) and your editorial comment (Dec. 31, 1921).I have been determining the basal metabolic rate in young Bengalese students (aged 22 to 27 years) for some time. Using the Douglas bag and Haldane gas analysis apparatus, I have so far studied fifteen medical students of our college. They show an average basal metabolic rate 9 per cent lower than the generally accepted standards at an average room temperature of 27 C.It would thus appear that metabolism is somewhat decreased in tropical or semitropical countries, though my findings are not so striking as those of de Almeida.It may be mentioned that the urea nitrogen, nonprotein nitrogen, creatinine and cholesterol

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