In studying the growth of children there are two types of experimental methods: mass observation of a large number of children at various ages and individual observation of a few children throughout a year or more. Each of these methods has distinct merits and both of them should be employed.
In previous studies of the growth of children, these two experimental methods have been applied only to the increase in weight and height, not to the basal metabolism. The reason that the basal metabolism of children has not been investigated is that most children, on account of their whimsical nature, can hardly bear patiently an experiment which lasts for a long time and which must be repeated several times during a year. The success of the experiments, therefore, depends on the availability of suitable children. For this experiment I chose twenty-six children from a large group on whom I had
NAKAGAWA I. GROWTH AND BASAL METABOLISM: IV. CHANGES IN THE BASAL METABOLISM OF CHILDREN DURING A YEAR. Am J Dis Child. 1935;49(5):1232–1239. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970050130014
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