If at one stroke all dairy products were rendered inaccessible to the people of the United States, it would be considered one of the greatest calamities that could befall the country and probably thousands of children would die of starvation. Yet this is the very condition that has prevailed in China for many centuries. Even at the present time, fresh butter, milk and cheese are rarely used by the Chinese people, and canned milk has been introduced into the more modernized districts only within the last two or three decades. This is the more remarkable, because next to the hog the cow is the commonest of domestic animals, at least in South China.
In view of these facts one is often amazed to observe that children can grow strong without milk, and that tuberculosis of the forms generally considered as bovine in origin may be very prevalent among a people
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