The recent work of Smith and Little has definitely shown the importance of colostrum to the new-born calf. Not only is colostrum, according to Smith and his co-workers, the chief agent for transferring known antibodies to the new-born calf, but it seems to have also the important function of protecting the new-born animal of this species against a general invasion by organisms of the B. coli group which find their way into the intestinal tract during the first few days of life. These experiments which show so strikingly the value of colostrum to the new-born calf have again raised the question of the importance of colostrum to the human species.
SUMMARY OF RECENT WORK ON THE IMPORTANCE OF COLOSTRUM TO ANIMAL AND MAN
The concrete additions to our knowledge of the function of
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