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burns and skin gafts

Asked by deni74 | Oct 30, 2007 | AS Level > Biology > Coursework
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deni74 asks:

Why did people,beforemodern treatments ,die fom starvation,after being burnt,weeks after?

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The only reason I can think of is that severe burns are known to boost metabolism - a state known as hypermetabolism. It can be so severe as to cause the body to digest its own protein, as in starvation. Before modern treatments, doctors would not have known of this and would not have taken measures to prevent it.

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