Book Reviews
February 1927


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Par G. BLECHMANN. Price, 18 francs. Pp. 387. Paris: Gaston Doin, 1926.

Am J Dis Child. 1927;33(2):360. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1927.04130140180020

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This little book on the diseases of infancy covers the subject briefly but thoroughly. The author's contraindications to breast feeding seem rational, and are those generally accepted by most pediatricians. Some of these may be enumerated: pulmonary tuberculosis; cardiac disease without compensation; nephritis without edema; serious diseases of the liver, stomach and nervous system. These contraindications differ considerably from those described by certain American pediatricians of only a few years ago, who advised that there were no contraindications to breast feeding except tuberculosis in the mother. It seems that the author has taken a sensible attitude on contraindications to breast feeding.

Other diseases enumerated are grip, scarlet fever, measles and typhoid fever, which depend on the mother's ability to nurse the baby under these conditions.

The author mentions a number of articles of food as being bad for the milk; they are onions, asparagus, cauliflower, rhubarb, shellfish, alcohol, etc. I

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