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October 1927

Basal Metabolism in Health and Disease

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1927;40(4):572-573. doi:10.1001/archinte.1927.00130100176013

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In this second "thoroughly revised" edition of his book, DuBois states that he attempts to bring basal metabolism out of the realm of pure physiology into the domain of clinical medicine. The attempt is excellent, but the task is not an easy one. "The domain of clinical medicine" is by no means a simple, homogeneous organization with one aim in view, nor is it easily understood. From the remote rural district to the clinic of a modern medical school is a long way. One cannot read this excellent book without considerable speculation concerning the response it would receive from the various sections of said "domain."

In the first part of the book there is much that is necessarily academic, especially from the standpoint of the clinician, and still he finds here such useful discussions as that in the second chapter, in which the physiology of carbohydrate, fat and protein digestion

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