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March 1935

BASAL METABOLISM IN CHILDREN OF NORMAL AND OF SUBNORMAL INTELLIGENCE: WITH BLOOD CHOLESTEROL AND CREATININE VALUES

Author Affiliations

ANN ARBOR, MICH.; LANSING, MICH.
From the Michigan State Public School, Coldwater, Mich., and the Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Am J Dis Child. 1935;49(3):672-688. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970030118010
Abstract

This study was stimulated by the lack of available data regarding the basal metabolism of children and its relationship to their mental status.

The work was conducted at the Michigan State School for Children, Coldwater, Mich., where I was resident physician during this investigation. The children were acclimated to the surroundings and had no fear of the hospital1 where the metabolism tests were done, having been there on many previous occasions for the treatment of minor ailments and as patients. There was always a close contact between the child and the hospital staff. A friendly relationship prevailed at all times. The nature and purpose of the metabolism tests were explained to the children and soon they were cooperative and anxious to have the tests. Under such ideal conditions it was not difficult to obtain reliable data.

METHODS AND MATERIAL  The subject slept in the hospital over night, and the

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