Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Reports of Visits to Foreign Laboratories, vol. 5 (1926-27) [Illustrated Typoscript in 7 volumes] Reproduced with the kind permission of Dr. Cecil E. Leith
Benedict, Francis Gano
Salient problems arising in discussion. 
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Most of the audiences in the various places were naturally not quali¬ 
fied to discuss keenly the general, larger phases of the Nutrition Labo¬ 
ratory's activities. Perhaps the four things that were most frequently 
commented upon immediately after the lecture and on subsequent days were 
the question of skin temperature, the insensible perspiration, the new 
respirstion apparatus, and the metabolism of ruminants (particularly 
with regard to environmental temperature and the effect of food). It was 
more and more borne in upon me that the Nutrition Laboratory should study 
obesity. As pointed out by a number of men, we have worked extensively 
upon complete fasting (short and long periods with man and long periods 
with man and ruminants) and we have studied undernutrition both with man 
and ruminants, and now we should lay great stress upon overnutrition with 
particular reference to obesity. 
Muscular work. 
My original plan was to study the physiology of muscular work (muscle 
physiology) from the standpoint of metabolism and from the psychological 
standpoint perhaps of fatigue. Such a study would, I think, have been a 
very wise one, had funds and a research man been available. I found a 
strong tendency to criticize the experiments of Professor A. V. Hill on 
muscular work and the statement that muscular work is performed entirely 
at the expense of carbohydrate. Many people asked why we did not repeat 
these experiments with our technique.


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