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August 11, 1917


JAMA. 1917;LXIX(6):418-420. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590330002002

A large number of the babies brought to infants' hospitals suffer from gastro-intestinal disease caused by food disturbances. Most of them are given hospital attention after various attempts have been made to correct the disorders by food and medicine. Consequently the condition of these babies, on admission into the hospital, may be correctly described as serious. Most frequently they are toxic, either from disease or food, usually from both, so that the problem of detoxication is the immediate and pressing indication. After undergoing the short preliminary period of starvation, these desperately sick infants require not only a detoxicating agent, but food as well to sustain life. For both these purposes, nothing can

compare in value to properly suited doses of breast milk. An infants' hospital, which necessarily must receive the babies who have been most neglected and who require the most expert treatment, should consequently have at hand an ample supply

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