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July 23, 1927

Basal Metabolism in Health and Disease.

JAMA. 1927;89(4):314. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690040054035

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This edition of a standard work on basal metabolism is written primarily for those engaged in the practice of medicine, for medical students, for physiologists and for dietitians. In the first part of the book, metabolism in health is considered. After a brief chapter on the history of the subject, fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism are discussed at some length. Then the laws of physics of greatest importance in metabolic processes are taken up briefly and their connection with the gases of the body is considered. These fundamental considerations are followed by chapters having to do with the principles of respiration apparatus and methods of calculation; the estimation of the surface area of the body; the factors influencing normal basal metabolism, and the theories concerning it. In the second part, metabolism in disease is considered. There are chapters on undernutrition, overnutrition and obesity, diabetes, diseases of the thyroid, the relationship

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