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March 1932


Author Affiliations

From the Sarah Morris Hospital for Children, the Otto Baer Fund for Clinical Research and the Nelson Morris Institute for Medical Research of the Michael Reese Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1932;43(3):555-565. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1932.01950030025003

For a number of years one of us (G.1) has been studying the chemical composition of the stools of infants with special reference to the influence of various diets, particularly the carbohydrates. The infants under observation were kept in a special nursery under the supervision of a special nurse, provided by the hospital administration and training school, thus minimizing the possibility of accidental intercurrent infections. They entered the hospital at the age of from 2 to 3 weeks and remained until about 6 months of age. The carefully controlled factors presented an unusual opportunity for extensive study of the bacteriology of the stools of these infants as well as an attempt to correlate the types of fecal bacteria with the chemical composition of the stool.

REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE  Significance of Gastro-Intestinal Bacteria.—From 1719, when Antony von Leeuwenhoek used his newly devised microscope to discover mysterious particles in

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