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September 1929


Author Affiliations

From the Laboratories of the Subdepartment of Pediatrics, University of Toronto, and the Wards and Laboratories of the Hospital for Sick Children, Dr. Alan Brown, director.

Am J Dis Child. 1929;38(3):490-498. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1929.01930090042005

Considerable diversity of opinion exists among workers as to what constitutes the normal range of value of the blood cholesterol in children. Gordon and Cohn1 studied the plasma cholesterol in normal children of different ages. They obtained figures varying from 110 to 170 mg. per hundred cubic centimeters of plasma. Baranski2 determined the blood cholesterol in ninety-five children and found it always within the normal adult range. Goldbloom and Gottlieb3 found values for whole blood between 175 and 200 mg. per hundred cubic centimeters in a number of normal children. One worker, de Toni,4 found higher average values in children than in adults. The latter observer, however, reported higher values for calcium and sugar in the young, an observation not corroborated by other workers.

My own observations would lead one to believe that the normal range of values is greater in children than in adults, owing