It will be impossible to discuss the whole subject of metabolism in the space at my disposal. I shall present a very brief summary of the more impor
tant facts which have a bearing on the subject under
consideration. I shall demonstrate as far as
possible a few of the normal products of metabolism
and their source, the organ chiefly concerned in
their excretion, also some of the causes that may
produce excess of these normal products or lead to
the formation of abnormal products.
I shall further compare the physiological effects of these products with the phenomena met with
in toxaemia, and hope in a measure to elucidate the
etiology of that condition fraught with such risks
to the life of both mother and child, and a source
of great anxiety to the practitioner in attendance.