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March 1940


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From the Pediatric Service of Dr. Béla Schick, Sea View Hospital, Staten Island, N. Y.

Am J Dis Child. 1940;59(3):535-541. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1940.01990140078010

During the past five years we have had an unusual opportunity at Sea View Hospital to study the basal metabolism of tuberculous children in almost every phase of the infection. The results of our previous studies may be summarized as follows:

Of 115 children with active afebrile pulmonary tuberculosis of the adult, or reinfection, type, 92, or 80 per cent, had a normal basal metabolic rate (between + 10 and −10 per cent). The metabolism remained normal even in the presence of extensive pulmonary pathologic change.1 In this respect, the results agreed in the main with those reported in the literature for adults with the same type of infection.2

Studies of the basal metabolism of 66 children in whom pneumothorax had been instituted indicated that the basal metabolism was lowered by this procedure. The longer the pneumothorax was maintained, the lower the metabolic rate seemed to fall. From + 7