In a previous publication1 the use of scraped raw apple in the treatment for diarrhea of infants was presented. In that work several objections to the scraped raw apple treatment were observed. First, a good grade of ripe apples was scarce in the diarrhea season; second, the expense was relatively high, and third, the nursing care involved was excessive when several infants were being fed the apple diet. With these objections in mind, a substitute was devised that retained all of the good points of apple and overcame some of the objections.
From the work of Malyoth2 and others,3 it seems that pectin and cellulose are the two active principles in apple so far as therapy of diarrhea is concerned. With this thought in mind, a substitute was formulated using these two ingredients as therapeutic agents, and a dextrinmaltose preparation was added as a source of calories.
WINTERS M, TOMPKINS CA. A PECTIN-AGAR PREPARATION FOR TREATMENT OF DIARRHEA OF INFANTS. Am J Dis Child. 1936;52(2):259–265. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1936.04140020002001