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October 1931

ANOREXIA, LOSS OF WEIGHT AND CAPRICIOUS APPETITEEVALUATION OF GASTRIC ANALYSES AND EXAMINATION OF STOOLS IN A SERIES OF CASES WHEN NO OTHER PATHOLOGIC CONDITION HAS BEEN FOUND

Author Affiliations

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Tulane University School of Medicine; Clinical Assistant in Gastro-Enterology, Post-Graduate School, Tulane University School of Medicine NEW ORLEANS

Am J Dis Child. 1931;42(4_PART_I):767-773. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1931.01940160035004
Abstract

Anorexia, capricious appetite and loss of weight or failure to gain in weight for no apparent cause have been a bête noire to the pediatrician. In seeking for an amelioration of this group of symptoms, we believe that we have disclosed some salient causative factors in our interpretation by the analyses of the gastro-intestinal tract, and we feel that we have contributed an additional aid to the treatment and control of these conditions.

We have not yet discovered the cause or the etiologic factors from an organic standpoint, and in the treatment of our patients we have considered the therapeusis from the functional standpoint only. In presenting this small group of cases we feel that we have brought to the attention of the pediatrician a new approach to the study of nutrition and cases of difficult feeding. It is our hope that our work will stimulate more intensive study in

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