1. A method is proposed for the determination of the rate of oxidation of 14C-labelled substrates in man from blood sampling only.
2. The method was verified by simulating release of 14C into the bicarbonate pool of patients by using a constant-rate infusion of sodium [14C]bicarbonate, the plasma level of total 14CO2 (d.p.m. ml−1 70 kg−1) correlating well (r = 0.878, P = 0.001) with the infusion rate (μCi/h).
3. Techniques involved in employing this method are discussed, particularly in the light of errors involved.