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August 1930

THE INSENSIBLE PERSPIRATION IN INFANCY AND IN CHILDHOOD: III. BASAL METABOLISM AND BASAL INSENSIBLE PERSPIRATION OF THE NORMAL INFANT: A STATISTICAL STUDY OF RELIABILITY AND OF CORRELATION

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK
From the Department of Pediatrics, Cornell University Medical College and the New York Nursery and Child's Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1930;40(2):269-284. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1930.01940020045004
Abstract

In a recent communication1 tentative standards were proposed for the basal insensible perspiration of normal infants analogous to the well known standards at present available for their basal metabolism. Before accepting the newly proposed standards, it seemed advisable to make a comparative study of the reliability of the two series of basal standards. Such a study would also serve to show any correlation that might exist between the two physiologic mechanisms. If the correlation were shown to be of high degree, the data might afford a possible method of predicting the probable metabolism of infants from their measured insensible perspiration. This procedure would be especially valuable since present methods of estimating the respiratory exchange of infants are time-consuming and technically difficult compared with the relatively simple method of weighing for measuring their insensible loss.2 Since evidence of reliability and of correlation in both instances involved the employment of

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