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September 1914

THE ABSORPTION OF FAT FROM THE INTESTINAL TRACT OF THE ACTIVELY TUBERCULOUS CHILD

Author Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota. MINNEAPOLIS
From the Minneapolis City Hospital and the Department of Medicine of the University of Minnesota.

Am J Dis Child. 1914;VIII(3):235-244. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1914.04300010242006
Abstract

The question of fat absorption from the intestinal tract of the actively tuberculous child is one of considerable importance. This is particularly true in view of the fact that it is almost a universal custom to feed the tuberculous child on a diet especially rich in fat.

Two things are considered advantageous to the tuberculous child: (1) to bring about as rapidly as possible a pronounced increase in weight; (2) to have this gain represented as much as possible by the deposit of fat in the tissues. While both of these considerations were purely empirical, the extensive studies on food metabolism carried out in recent years have shed much light on the factors which should influence the choice of diet for this affection.

It has been shown that diet may not only affect the chemistry of the tissues of an organism to a very marked degree but also play an

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