As a result of the greatly increased interest in the basal metabolism of human subjects, important contributions on the metabolism of normal Americans and Europeans have been made by various workers, while we have been unable to find any metabolism measurements of normal Japanese until recent years. The first article published on this subject was perhaps that presented by some of us1 at the regular meeting of the Temporary Beriberi Investigating Committee, Oct. 28, 1922, and at the general meeting of the Tokyo Igakkai. The investigation was made under the direction of Prof. R. Inada on twenty-five students, aged from 22 to 28. The conclusion of this preliminary report was that the basal metabolism of healthy Japanese is quite in accordance with that of Americans and Europeans although the climate, humidity, the conditions of living and physical characteristics are remarkably different from those of Western people.
At an early date