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
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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 DISEASE(THE VARIABILITY OF BASAL METABOLISM: SOME OBSERVATIONS CONCERNING ITS APPLICATION IN CONDITIONS OF HEALTH AND DISEASE*). Ann Intern Med. 1937;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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