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February 1931

FACTORS INVOLVED IN COMBATING THE "HUNGER STRIKE" IN CHILDREN

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SAN FRANCISCO

Am J Dis Child. 1931;41(2):249-261. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1931.01940080027003
Abstract

In seeking further light on the so-called "hunger strike" commonly encountered in the practice of pediatrics, a detailed study of 110 children complaining of anorexia was attempted to determine what characteristics they shared in common.

Combining Draper's1 and Franzen's2 systems, measurements of the body were made to classify the children according to the type of body, and to obtain a measure of their nutritional status. Basal metabolism tests were made at intervals of three months when possible. Examinations of the blood, urine and stools and intracutaneous tuberculin tests were made; roentgenograms of the chest were obtained after all positive reactions. Analyses were made of the usual diets of these children for a period of three days to determine the caloric intake and the proportion of the food elements habitually consumed. Special diets for individuals were worked out correcting the dietary errors that appeared on analysis of the three

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