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February 16, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(7):585-587. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220330027001e

The average physician is generally appalled by the mathematics which play so important a part in present-day papers on infant feeding. He either comes to look on infant feeding as in the highest degree a difficult problem, and babies' digestions habitually delicate, requiring complicated formulæ and frequent minute changes in percentages, or he discards all theories in disgust and leaves the feeding of the baby to the mother or nurse, or even resorts to the wares and printed directions of the advertising food manufacturers. Both of these extremes are undesirable.

While there is no doubt that a fairly accurate idea of percentages is of great value in infant feeding, and that the difficult cases can be managed best by keeping these well in view, yet it is perfectly possible for a physician to feed babies successfully without this expert knowledge and to give simple directions for the preparation of the

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