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August 1913


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Am J Dis Child. 1913;VI(2):93-98. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1913.04100320030004

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The following case presents so many points of interest that it is herewith reported:

History.  —The patient was the third child of healthy parents, born after a normal labor. She was nursed, but the mother suffered from sore nipples so much that she cried each time the child was put to the breast. When the child was 5 weeks old it vomited a clear bloody fluid and some hours afterward passed a black, tarry stool, but showed no other evidence of illness. It was supposed that the infant had swallowed blood from a fissured nipple, but the mother immediately withdrew some clean milk with a breast pump, and it is possible that the symptoms were due to a slight intussusception which was spontaneously released.For the next few weeks the baby was fed from the breast, but the milk began to diminish and it was given supplementary feedings of cow's

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