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August 1930

THE NUTRITION OF SICK CHILDREN

Author Affiliations

MILWAUKEE
From the Department of Pediatrics, Marquette University Medical School, and the Milwaukee Children's Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1930;40(2):305-322. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1930.01940020081007
Abstract

The purpose of this investigation was to determine the food requirements of children with chronic diseases, particularly those having tuberculous bone lesions. Observations were also made of the appetite, choice of foods selected, the influence of vitamin B and the effect of supplementary foods, especially of malted milk prepared in various forms. No similar study has been found in the literature. McCann and Barr1 reviewed the investigations concerning the dietary of tuberculous patients and reported a study of fourteen tuberculous adults. The basal metabolism was approximately normal. Small increases of metabolism occurred with rises of body temperature. The food requirements of adult tuberculous patients were not large.

Thirteen children were studied. Table 1 gives the initials of the thirteen children, the age, sex, height, "normal" average height, weight, "normal" average weight, percentage over or under "normal weight," surface area and activity. Table 2 gives the diagnoses, state of nutrition

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