In the past few years there have been many studies of the basal metabolism of children, and a useful set of charts has been published by Talbot1 showing the normal standards for the metabolism of children. He stated, however, that "the metabolism during puberty will have to be studied further before any standards may be accepted."
The question of the basal metabolism just prior to, during and just after puberty has not been settled. Older investigators believed that there is a rise in basal metabolism in the prepubescent period. This belief was supported by DuBois2 who made a study of the basal metabolism of some boy scouts just before puberty. These boys were again studied after puberty had been established,3 and their metabolism had fallen from 25 to 11 per cent above that of adults. Benedict and Talbot4 in a few observations at this period found