Animal and Human Calorimetry by J. A. McLean

By J. A. McLean

This quantity offers a finished survey of the idea, perform, and methods of calorimetry as utilized to the research of power metabolism in people and animals. Calorimetry is used to estimate dietary standards of guy and farm farm animals and to guage diversified meals. it's also a strong instrument utilized in study into primary dietary and physiological existence procedures and within the review of stresses imposed by means of irregular or critical environments. it truly is presently being utilized in numerous branches of clinical examine and will be used as a diagnostic software in hospitals for research of metabolic issues. The authors speak about either direct calorimetry, which measures warmth loss without delay, and oblique calorimetry, the place warmth loss is inferred via size of a few of the chemical byproducts of metabolism. furthermore, suggestions is equipped to the instrumentation, technical difficulties, and precautions essential to receive exact calorimetric measurements.

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15 g oxygen with atomic weights 12, 1 and 16 respectively. 2) where/ C ,/ H and/ o are the fractions (by weight) of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen in the substance burned. The numerical constants in these equations are derived from correct atomic weights rather than the approximations 12, 1 and 16 used in the example. 2) are applicable to all substances including 36 Calorific equivalents carbohydrate, fat, protein, methane and any other metabolite. e. to carbon dioxide, water and nitrogen). Some proteins also contain small quantities of sulphur.

In practice the change is usually brought about by the lower temperature of the water in the jacket with respect to that in the calorimeter vessel. The signal from the bridge is then amplified and used to drive a relay which switches current to the heating elements. The circuit ensures that the temperature of the water in the jacket remains equal to that in the calorimeter vessel. This provides dynamic insulation and gives the calorimeter its adiabatic properties. After loading the bomb and vessel into the calorimeter the water temperature in the vessel is allowed to stabilise (typically 22-24 °C).

The method has also been used for grazing cattle (Young, 1970). It gives an estimate of heat production of about 4 - 8 % accuracy (Whitelaw, Brockway & Reid, 1972). A new technique for estimating carbon dioxide production involves the use of doubly labelled water in the form of 2 H 2 18 O 2 (Lifson, Gordon & McClintock, 1955). When taken orally this material quickly equilibrates throughout the pool of body water. Since both isotopes are stable they remain in the body until washed out by normal metabolic processes.

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