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THE BASAL METABOLISM AFTER PNEUMONIA

BELA SCHICK, M.D.; PHILIP COHEN, M.D.; ISABELLE BECK, M.D.
Am J Dis Child. 1926;31(2):228-234. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1926.04130020080008.
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In a previous paper,1 we pointed out that not infrequently after certain infections there is a lowered basal metabolism. We also found a low basal metabolism in two cases of meningitis. It was then emphasized that a bradycardia or a slow pulse might be a symptom of a low basal metabolism. This suggestion received corroboration even while our manuscript was in press, by the finding of a low basal metabolism in cases of brain tumor.2 In other nervous diseases not characterized by a slow pulse, such as tabes, hemiplegia, cord tumors, etc., there was a normal basal metabolism. Similarly, we suggested the possibility of a low basal metabolism in cases of icterus with a slow pulse, which possibility has received support in a recent study.3 Talbot, in a paper just published,4 has shown once more the correlative relationship between pulse, temperature and basal metabolism.

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