In the course of studies on the energy metabolism of children, we had the opportunity to determine the water output through the skin and lungs under standard conditions in a large group of observations. In view of the meager literature on the subject, we are presenting the results of these studies.
REVIEW OF LITERATURE
Most investigations on the water of vaporization have been made in adults. For this reason reference will be made to only the more important contributions. Soderstrom and Du Bois1 give a comprehensive review of the literature up to the year 1917. Using a respiration calorimeter, these authors found that at temperatures between 22 and 24 C., and at relative humidities between 15 and 40 per cent, normal men lose 24 per cent of their calories in vaporization through skin and respiratory passages. Under the same basal conditions, eight boys between 12 and 13 years eliminated
LEVINE SZ, WILSON JR. RESPIRATORY METABOLISM IN INFANCY AND IN CHILDHOOD: IV. ELIMINATION OF WATER THROUGH THE SKIN AND RESPIRATORY PASSAGES. Am J Dis Child. 1927;33(2):204–212. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1927.04130140024003
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