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February 1932

BASAL METABOLISM: I. THE ERROR OF BASAL METABOLISM DETERMINATION AND THE NORMAL RANGE OF BASAL METABOLISM

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1932;49(2):181-187. doi:10.1001/archinte.1932.00150090011002
Abstract

The error of basal metabolism determination is of interest clinically chiefly as it affects the usefulness of basal metabolism determination as a diagnostic procedure. It may then be expedient to begin a study of this error with a consideration of the "normal range of basal metabolic rates," and to pass from this to a discussion of the error of determination and its implications.

For a proper evaluation of the "normal range of basal metabolic rates" it is necessary to know two things. The first is a measure of the central tendency of the metabolism of normal persons. This will be referred to in this paper as the "zero point." The second is a measure of the spread of the basal metabolism of normal persons about this "zero point"—a measure of the dispersion of the distribution. These factors will be discussed separately.

THE ZERO POINT  Every metabolism standard has a zero

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