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July 22, 1974

Baby Nutrition

Author Affiliations

Harrisville, NY

JAMA. 1974;229(4):393. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230420015010

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To the Editor.—  Dr. Kerr (228:675, 1974) was concerned unduly with the rate of growth of the children fed a vegetarian diet. It appears to me that there are two issues at question that have not been adequately explored by Dr. Kerr prior to his recommendations concerning the handling of parents whose children do not grow as rapidly as "normal."The first of these is in the area of rapidity of growth. I have not seen statistics indicating that the rapidity of growth of any organism is directly correlated with the productivity, the well-being, or the longevity of such an organism."Normal" is a term that is subjective in its implication to the organism and one that is based on the response of a given cross section of the population to an event. Normalcy is variable in itself and subject to many factors; its presence is not necessary, or even,