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Blood buffer values in mineral deficiency

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    The buffer values of serum obtained from normal and rachitic infants have been determined electrometrically for the entire pH range.

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    The blood buffer curves of normal and rachitic infants plotted against that of a non-buffered solution show the marked diminution in the blood buffer capacity in rickets.

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    The buffer action of blood is not constant but is determined by the pH at which it reacts.

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    The buffer capacity of normal serum is greater on the alkaline side than it is on the acid side within the biological range of pH 5 to 8.5, beyond which the buffer values of serum become markedly accentuated.

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    The diminished buffer capacity of the serum of rachitic infants at all pH ranges explains the relative instability of the acid-base mechanism in rickets.

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    Kugelmass, I. N.:J. Biol. Chem., 60, 237, 1924.

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    Kugelmass, I. N.:Am. J. Dis. Children, 39, 687, 1930.

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Correspondence to I. Newton Kugelmass M.D..

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From the Heckscher Institute, New York City.

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Kugelmass, I.N. Blood buffer values in mineral deficiency. American Journal of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition 2, 730–732 (1935). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03002438

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  • Buffer Capacity
  • Rickets
  • Alkaline Side
  • Marked Diminution
  • Electrometric Titration