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March 1937

Die Wirkung der Rohobstdiät auf den kindlichen Organismus.

Am J Dis Child. 1937;53(3):924-925. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1937.04140100254017

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The author presents the results of an exhaustive study of the effect of raw fruit diets in children. The subject matter is divided into three parts: (1) the results of his clinical and experimental investigation of the various substances in raw fruit that might be concerned and their behavior in the gastro-intestinal canal; (2) the results of an investigation of the organic and inorganic metabolism of infants and of older children on raw fruit diets, including also the results of an investigation of hunger metabolism in the growing organism, and (3) clinical experiences in the treatment of acute intestinal disturbances in childhood by means of raw fruit diets.

The author's historical review of the subject shows that the beneficial effect of raw fruit diets on diarrheal conditions has been attributed by various clinicians to several factors but that they assigned the chief rôle to maleic acid, to pectin or to

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