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July 1923

THE BASAL METABOLISM OF PREMATURITY: III. METABOLISM FINDINGS IN TWENTY-ONE PREMATURE INFANTS

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BOSTON
From the Children's Medical Department, Massachusetts General Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1923;26(1):29-55. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1923.04120130032003
Abstract

The object of the present study, commenced two years ago, was to gain further knowledge of the premature infant, and, if possible, to establish the physiologic basis for the nutritional requirements of these infants.

A review of the literature showed that few studies had been made on the metabolism of premature infants. Some of these studies cannot be accurately interpreted because of differences in technical methods. This is particularly true of Rubner and Langstein's1 and Weiss' cases.2 The investigations of Hasselbalch,3 although carried out with a slightly different technic, are comparable, because they were obtained under basal conditions. The cases reported by Fleming, Murlin and Marsh4 and Benedict and Talbot5 are strictly comparable. So far as we know, there have been no comprehensive studies of the basal metabolism of prematurity before the present series and the one subsequently reported by Murlin. Most of the data

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