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July 2, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(1):36-37. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740530038012

Recent studies in the growth and development of the child have emphasized anew the importance of having fuller knowledge of the physiologic rôle of the mother during the days of dependence of her baby. Indeed, few scientific problems in relation to maternal nutrition are of greater significance than those relating to the diet of the mother during the reproductive cycle and its subsequent effect on both mother and child. The knowledge that proper prenatal care and adequate maternal diet are effective factors in the postnatal development of the child shows the necessity of close cooperation between the obstetrician and the pediatrician.

The Journal1 has emphasized that the human mother is subject to the influence of her own diet, which may be reflected to some extent in the composition of her milk. Shukers, Macy, Donelson, Nims and Hunscher2 point out that it is acknowledged generally that the proper kind

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