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METHOD. The mode of operating or the means of attaining an object.
     2. It has been questioned whether the method of making a thing can be patented. But it has been considered that a method or mode may be the subject of a patent, because, when the object of two patents or effects to be produced is essentially the same, they may both be valid, if the modes of attaining the desired effect are essentially different. Dav. Pat. Cas. 290; 2 B. & Ald. 350; 2 H. Bl. 492; 8 T. R. 106; 4 Burr. 2397; Gods. on Pat. 85; Perpigna, Manuel des Inventeurs, &c., c. 1, sect. 5, Sec. 1, p. 22.

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The data were compared against the reverse Fick method and against standard indirect calorimetry using the Haldane transformation.
Using the cardiac output measurement in conjunction with the calculated arteriovenous oxygen content difference, oxygen uptake ([??][O.sub.2] Fick) in ml.[min-.sup.1] was determined by the reverse Fick method using Equation 1.
For this reason, the clinical comparison using the reverse Fick method is valuable, as it avoids this possible drawback.