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December 1925


Author Affiliations

From the Wards and Nutritional Research Laboratories of the Hospital for Sick Children, and the Sub-Department of Pediatrics. University of Toronto.

Am J Dis Child. 1925;30(6):829-836. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1925.01920180089008

One of the great pediatric problems at the present time is the feeding and treatment of marantic infants. It is true that in recent years since the introduction of concentrated feedings, a much greater degree of success in the treatment of these infants has been obtained than was formerly the case. Quite frequently, however, in spite of the most rational feeding, some of these infants fail to gain in weight and this with no clinical evidence of a gastro-intestinal disturbance. The question arises: Is this inability to gain due to a defective absorption from the gastro-intestinal tract, or to some derangement of the general metabolism of the body?

DIGESTION AND ABSORPTION OF FOOD BY THE MARANTIC INFANT  It is well recognized clinically, that of the three organic constituents of the food, namely, fat, carbohydrate and protein,

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