November 30, 1912


Author Affiliations

Physician to the York Hospital, etc. YORK, PA.

JAMA. 1912;LIX(22):1966-1971. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270110380012

A careful and through review of standard medical text-books and current literature dealing with the principles of infant-feeding reveals the astonishing fact that comparatively little attention is devoted to one of the most important and vital aspects of this subject, the intervals of milk-feeding during the first year. The many thousands of general practitioners who necessarily must be guided primarily by these written expressions of experienced teachers have fallen victims to the same evil results that empiricism has produced in many other branches of medicine. The conventional two-hour intervals during the first month, gradually increased to two

and one-half hours until the third or fourth month and thereafter to three hours, have been copied from textbook to text-hook and dismissed with little or no further consideration or com ment.

In order to determine whether or not the actual practices of the pioneers in infant-feeding coincided with the preponderance of didactic

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