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April 1914


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From the Waisenhaus und Kinderasyl, Berlin; Prof. Dr. II. Finkelstein, director.

Am J Dis Child. 1914;VII(4):305-314. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1914.04100400054004

The prevailing views on gastric digestion in infants may, I believe, be fairly stated by quoting from a recent text-book on pediatrics:1

The opinion has been steadily gaining ground that the function of the stomach is largely that of a reservoir.......The only part of the food acted on in the stomach is the proteids, which are transformed successively into acid-albumins, albumoses, and peptones. This is accomplished by the agency of the pepsin and the acid of the gastric juice — generally hydrochloric acid, although lactic acid may take its place.......The reaction of the stomach contents in fasting is acid, and at this time usually HCl can be demonstrated; soon after a meal of human milk it is alkaline or neutral; after one of cow's milk it is acid or neutral. In fifteen minutes after feeding the reaction is always acid. Free HCl can usually not be demonstrated until about

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