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JAMA 100 Years Ago | August 31, 1912|

THE CAUSES OF SOME RAPID CHANGES IN BODY WEIGHT

JAMA. 2012;308(11):1074. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.3210.
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August 31, 1912

It has been a common assumption that very rapid losses of body weight are due to largely increased loss of water from the body. The marked weight changes which occur within a few minutes during a boat race by a college crew afford a case in point. Perspiration is excessive as the result of the attempt of the body to get rid of its surplus heat; and it has usually been believed that the greater part of decline in weight is directly attributable to the water output.

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