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March 5, 1932

The Standard Metabolism of Boys (7 to 18 Years Inclusive).

JAMA. 1932;98(10):841. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730360063031

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This presents an extensive investigation involving about 1,000 experiments of the metabolism of 133 male subjects from 7 to 18 years of age. Bierring attempts to determine whether or not children are suited, under the present types of experimental control, for experiments in metabolism and also to throw light on the problem of the general trend of the metabolism during growth.

The study contains a review of the more significant investigations of standard metabolism (defined as the heat production of the fasting and reposing individual) of males under 18 years of age. A comparison of the standard values for the standard metabolism of normal boys, as reported by Du Bois (1917), Benedict and Talbot (1921), Cameron (1925), Bailey (1926), and Boothby and Sandiford (1929), led the author to conclude that "each standard must be considered an isolated whole typical only for the experimental conditions on which it is based." A

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