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There are many books on diet for the sick in our literature, but very few which contain any good advice on "Regulation of Food to the Requirements of Health in Different Periods of Life," which is the subject of Dr. Bruen's second chapter. And there is one paragraph in this chapter which should be framed and posted conspicuously in every house in the land: "No stimulating drinks of any kind should be used by the young or growing persons. Milk or water or dilute cocoa should be the only beverages. Coffee and tea may thus be reserved for later periods of life, when their stimulative properties may support the nervous system; whereas, if the patient has been overstimulated while formative forces are at work, it is often impossible to prevent the development of an irritated and unbalanced state of the nervous system, which many persons notice in young children, without
Outlines for the Management of Diet; or, The Regulation of Food to the Requirements of Health and the Treatment of Disease.. JAMA. 1887;IX(6):191. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400050031018