L. H. NEWBURGH
A knowledge of the basal metabolism is informative in many different problems. Its diagnostic value is quite familiar; but its use as a basis for estimating the total production of heat is open to errors which are sometimes so large that the observer is seriously misled.
In the pursuit of our own studies, it became of paramount importance to be possessed of a means of knowing accurately how much energy was dissipated day after day so that we could compare the inflow of calories with their expenditure. This we were able to do by the development of Benedict's1 study of
NEWBURGH LH. THE IMPORTANCE OF ACTUALLY MEASURING THE TOTAL HEAT PRODUCTION1. Ann Intern Med. ;8:459–467. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-8-4-459
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1934;8(4):459-467.
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