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April 1937

Basal Metabolism in Health and Disease.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1937;59(4):757-758. doi:10.1001/archinte.1937.00170200199020

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Du Bois has correlated the investigations of pure science with the clinical problems of human metabolism. He begins with the related fundamentals of physics and biochemistry, creates an understanding of the interplay of forces defining and controlling normal metabolism and then discusses the pathologic physiology of metabolism in disease. These progressive steps are of great value to the student or to the practitioner whose knowledge of the fundamental sciences is limited, vague or out of date. No attempt is made to apply data difficult of interpretation to the gaps in one's knowledge of metabolism. Most of the information catalogued is acceptable when tested by present day methods and thinkers. The third edition of this book contains recent information on surface area and normal standards and incorporates work done by J. D. Hardy, using a new type of radiometer to study loss of heat. The discussion of undernutrition, obesity and allied

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