January 30, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(5):233. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440050041008

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"And it shall be unlawful for any person or persons to use or to engage in the sale of any bottle, mechanism or other device for the artificial feeding or nursing of infants or children under three years of age, that has connected therewith a rubber tube, hose or such contrivance."

The passage of an ordinance in the above terms, by the Board of Aldermen of the city of Buffalo, signalizes another victory for the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Ernest Wende, over popular incredulity and ridicule. One astute city father declared that "this is drawing it pretty fine. There are many healthy specimens of manhood here today that sucked at the end of the long tube, and it is used for the young of animals, too," and it was gravely argued that being good for the raising of pigs it ought to serve equally well for babies. Another asked: "Can't

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