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December 19, 1931

The Influence of Diet on Caries in Children's Teeth. [Interim Report].

JAMA. 1931;97(25):1915. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730250073040

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This is a progress report of observations, extending over a period of about two years, made on 332 children receiving institutional care in and near Birmingham. The children were housed in separate cottages, which was a factor of assistance in carrying out the plan of investigation followed. All the children of a given cottage received test substances as daily additions to their regular diet. The administration of these supplements was carefully supervised by the foster mother. The diet of institution I was supplemented daily by treacle (golden syrup), from 28 to 42 Gm. (1 to 1½ ounces), according to the age of the child. At institution II, olive oil, from 14 to 21 cc. (1 to 1½ tablespoonfuls), according to age, was given as the daily supplement; later a second group at this institution received a similar amount of a solution of viosterol in olive oil. At institution III a

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