December 13, 1952


JAMA. 1952;150(15):1505-1506. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680150059020

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Progress of Hospitalized Malnourished Infants.  —Dr. J. Meneghello and his colleagues recently studied the progress of 1,539 undernourished infants in hospitals. The problem of undernourishment in infants is very important owing to its frequency and its severity. The development and growth of these infants was the center of the study, and, accordingly, the authors divided the patients in four groups: (1) those who showed real progress (52%); (2) those who showed progress during a prolonged reparative period (22%); (3) those who neither lost nor gained weight (23%); and (4) those who showed a continual decrease in weight (3%). In the experience of the authors, neither the age, hyposomia, or the concomitance of infectious processes or of acute nutritional disturbances influenced the changes in the weight. The study revealed the multiplicity and peculiar character of infections in the undernourished infant. Thus, the number of infections or of acute nutritional disturbances was

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