WALTER M. BOOTHBY, M.D., F.A.C.P.; JOSEPH BERKSON, M.D.; WILLIAM A. PLUMMER, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Means, discussing the value of the basal metabolic rate, says: "It should be remembered that basal metabolic rates are never too low (except when a technical error or an inward leak in the apparatus occurs or when the subject goes to sleep). All the factors which tend to make a reading inaccurate tend to make it too high: food, failure to eat properly, emotion, fever and so forth. Therefore a single low reading has more significance than a single high one." Similar statements can be found in the writings of nearly all students of metabolism, including Benedict, DuBois, Krogh, Boothby
BOOTHBY WM, BERKSON J, PLUMMER WA. AN ARTICLE CONTRIBUTED TO AN ANNIVERSARY VOLUME IN HONOR OF DOCTOR JOSEPH HERSEY PRATT: THE VARIABILITY OF BASAL METABOLISM: SOME OBSERVATIONS CONCERNING ITS APPLICATION IN CONDITIONS OF HEALTH AND DISEASE1. Ann Intern Med. ;11:1014–1023. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-11-6-1014
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1937;11(6):1014-1023.
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