The basal metabolic rate of patients with nephrosis has been reported as low in the majority of instances.1 However, few data are available on young children with the nephrotic complex. The present studies were carried out in the process of making certain other detailed observations on the children concerned, without regard to their clinical condition at the time.
CONDITIONS OF OBSERVATION
All the patients were in the Hospital of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research while these observations were made. All presented well defined evidences of the nephrotic syndrome, as manifested by edema, lowered level of albumin in the plasma with reversal of the albumin-globulin ratio, absence of hypertension, lack of retention of nitrogen and definite albuminuria without hematuria. More complete data on the metabolism of some of these children from other aspects have already been reported.2 No attempt will be made here to separate the patients into