The very few reported studies of normal children who received ketogenic diets have not included complete data for the acid-base metabolism. In fact, the study of two normal children by Sawyer, Baumann and Stevens,1 in 1918, furnishes all of the information available for comparison. Yet these reports are lacking in data concerning blood changes, notably those in the inorganic acids and bases.
We have attempted to supply additional material by this investigation of the acid-base metabolism of a normal boy of 9 years who received ketogenic diets.
His medical history and physical examination revealed no reason for excluding him as a subject for this study. Particular investigation was made for any history of recurrent attacks of ketosis or recent infections. None was found.
During the study period the child was under the constant care of two special nurses, one of whom weighed and prepared his food according to a