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December 17, 1898

PHYSIOLOGIC PRINCIPLES UNDERLYING INFANT DIETARY.

Author Affiliations

PROFESSOR OF PHYSIOLOGY, DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA. MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(25):1446-1449. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450250004001b

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Abstract

No subject in general medicine has been more prolific of literature in the past and less fruitful of practical results in the present than the question of infant food and infant-feeding. Infancy is still a prey to gastro-intestinal disease. Thirty-five per cent. of the children born, die within the first three years of life of disorders of the alimentary tract or their sequelæ No satisfactory explanation of this mortality has ever been given, saving that of prevalent dietetic error. No theory accounts for this condition other than this: that out of the great mass of varied experience, the medical profession has evolved no scientific system of infant dietary, has been guided by no sound physiologic principles in the selection, preparation and feeding of infant food.

After an endeavor, maintained for fifteen years, to meet this default and to remove this reproach from the practice of medicine, the writer ventures to

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