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June 19, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXIV(25):2069-2070. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570510045019

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The publication of a series of papers on clinical calorimetry1 in a special supplement to the May issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine must evoke a just pride in American medicine. The first contribution gives a summary of the development of calorimetry, particularly as applied to the human subject. Names familiar to all students of physiology— Lavoisier, Regnault and Rieset, Pettenkofer, Voit, Rubner, Zuntz, followed by the Americans Atwater, Rosa, Benedict, Langworthy and Lusk—are brought into their historical relations. The excellent work of the Boston Nutrition Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, with its superior equipment of respiration and calorimetry apparatus, has received mention from time to time in The Journal. There Professor Benedict and his numerous collaborators have attempted to establish the fundamental standards of metabolism, not only in normal healthy man, but also in certain diseased states. Elaborate investigations on the energy metabolism in diabetics

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