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May 16, 1925


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Long Beach, Calif.

JAMA. 1925;84(20):1514-1515. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660460050030

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To the Editor:  —With the welfare of the community at heart, physicians are quick to seize on anything that may assist in the relief of suffering and the prolonging of life. Complementary feeding of new-born babies during the first two weeks of life has been tried during the last two years by men in various parts of the country, and commendatory reports have been made. Only short series of cases have been reported, with one exception. In none of these reports have the records of the babies been followed after their discharge from the hospital. There are, therefore, no data available as to whether these babies surpass in any way those that have had no complementary feeding during the first two weeks.The weight at the end of the first two weeks should not be accepted as a criterion of success. We are not raising pigs for the market. Other

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