This instance of beef tapeworm (Taenia saginata) infestation in a boy, aged 2 years, is reported to emphasize the importance of the proper preparation of "beef juice," commonly prescribed by pediatricians in the diet of infants and young children.
The literature discloses numerous reports of Taenia saginata infestation in children. Ostheimer and Spangler1 reviewed the literature and reported a case in a boy, aged 3 years. Of fifteen reported instances of Taenia saginata infestation in children under the age of 4 years, they found that there was a history of ingestion of raw or scraped beef in ten. In a recent communication we2 stressed the incidence of fish tapeworm infestation in children who had tasted raw fish.
In the treatment of chronic intestinal indigestion (celiac disease) and secondary anemia the use of raw scraped beef and raw and cooked beef juice has long occupied a prominent place. Beef
Levin IM, Pilot I. PREPARATION OF BEEF JUICE IN PREVENTION OF BEEF TAPEWORM INFESTATION IN CHILDREN: REPORT OF A CASE. JAMA. 1931;97(15):1074. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.27310150001010