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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1912
METABOLISM IN FEVER
The construction of a rational dietary for patients suffering from fever depends ultimately on an adequate knowledge of metabolism in this disease. It is a familiar fact that fever is commonly attended with increased metabolism. Part of this augmentation, in many cases at least, is associated with the destruction of protein. If the loss of protein is the inevitable result of some toxic agent acting on the body cells, it becomes obvious at once that protein must be furnished in abundance to permit the regeneration of the decimated organism. If, however, the increased catabolism of protein is merely an incidental expression of the lack of carbohydrate or fat—if it is a sort of last resource for the supply
THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. JAMA. 1912;LIX(23):2070–2074. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270120055018
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