The effects of asthma on the anabolism and katabolism of the human body should be considered from different points of view. The causative factor (for example, anaphylaxis, etc.) may induce certain pathochemical changes which lead to asthma as one of the results, and these pathochemical changes are the disturbing factors in the metabolism of these patients, or, again, the syndrome, asthma, may affect the metabolism of the patient by (for instance) depriving the blood of oxygen, or by affecting the nervous system, circulatory system, etc. When, therefore, results are reported of the metabolism findings in asthmatic individuals, discrimination should be used as to which factor is to be held responsible for these deviations from the normal chemical balance of the body.
Before discussing the experiments that we have performed in our study of this disease, we wish to review the literature that may be pertinent to this subject. We have