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January 25, 1913

INFANTILE SCURVY IN WHICH SWOLLEN JOINTS RESEMBLED ACUTE ARTICULAR RHEUMATISM

JAMA. 1913;60(4):279-280. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340040027012
Abstract

The importance of selecting the proper food for an infant prompts me to demonstrate this case, which I shall term faulty feeding. It is caused by feeding canned foods in which the antiscorbutic factor is wanting. Human breast-milk is a live food which is decidedly antiscorbutic; therefore no infant fed on the human breast acquires scurvy. If we would imitate Nature we must feed cow's milk in such a manner that it is not deprived of its enzymes. Boiling or prolonged steaming devitalizes the milk and is prone, if long continued, to develop scurvy. Canned or preserved milk is responsible for the damage done in the case reported.

The patient, Joe W., aged 13 months, was seen by me in consultation with Dr. S. Barbash at Atlantic City, Oct. 11, 1912. The infant was bottle-fed from birth. He was given condensed milk the first month and later received malted milk

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