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January 2, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXIV(1):1-3. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570270003001

In considering the best conditions for the relief of acutely sick infants and for foundlings or abandoned babies, two important factors must always be kept in mind: (1) the unusual susceptibility of the infant to its immediate environment, and (2) its great need of individual care. The best conditions for the infant thus require a home and a mother. The further we get away from these vital necessities of beginning life, the greater will be our failure to get adequate results in trying to help the needy infant. Strange to say, these important conditions have often been overlooked, or, at least, not sufficiently emphasized, by those who are working in this field.

The subject naturally divides itself into two branches — the treatment of the acutely sick infant in a hospital, and the care of the foundling or abandoned infant in an asylum.

We will first consider the hospital. An

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