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December 1963

The Body Cell Mass and Its Supporting Environment: Body Composition in Health and Disease.

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(6):1002-1003. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860060214044

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Body composition assumes great importance to all doctors and students of disease. Nearly all mechanisms of stress of disease have their effects on the water, protein, fat, or mineral composition of the body—thus changes in body composition provide the means to prove or disprove a variety of good hypotheses. This splendid book is a monograph extending the body composition measurements into a variety of fields of illness. The methods employed are given in detail to permit a penetrating understanding of their interpretation. They are applied to a variety of situations in medicine and surgery, and raw data are given to permit the reader or researcher his own interpretations. In addition, extensive discussions of specific cases and the general category of change are offered. The clinical chapters are headed: Chronic Wasting Disease and Anabolic Recovery; Acute Injury and Infection: Operation, Open Trauma, Sepsis, Burns, Fractures; Hemorrhage, Anemia, and Transfusion; Distortions of

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