Few, if any, observations have been available to date on the basal metabolism of chronic arthritis. Some of the evidence regarding this disease has indicated that a variety of agents whose action is supposed to hasten the body metabolism, such as thyroid extract, radium and the roentgen ray, may, at times, exercise definitely beneficial effects, and that certain subjects of chronic arthritis do very much better on a lowered food intake, particularly of carbohydrate, than they do on an unrestricted diet.1 These, and other, considerations have suggested that there might be in chronic arthritis a lowering or retardation of the body metabolism which would express itself in summation figures; although it is, of course, possible that the intermediary metabolism might be markedly disturbed without being reflected in such totals. The basal metabolism was, therefore, studied in a series of twentynine cases. The observations were made by indirect calorimetry, using the
PEMBERTON R, TOMPKINS EH. STUDIES ON ARTHRITIS IN THE ARMY BASED ON FOUR HUNDRED CASES: II. OBSERVATIONS ON THE BASAL METABOLISM. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1920;25(3):241–242. doi:10.1001/archinte.1920.00090320012002
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