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February 3, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(5):321-323. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.26430320003012

Care and Feeding of Premature Infants  Preparation for the care and protection of premature infants, in order to insure them the best opportunity for survival, must be started with the first intimation that labor is to begin, if spontaneous; and, when labor is to be induced, the infant, as well as the mother, should receive the best thought of the physician. The infant must be protected from the dangers of refrigeration, skilled nursing care must be supplied, and it must receive a suitable diet.

PRESERVATION OF BODY TEMPERATURE  Even though the mother may be so situated as to receive proper attention in the home, if facilities for caring for the infant are not at hand, the confinement should be conducted in a properly equipped hospital.Syphilis should be suspected as a possible cause in all cases of premature birth.The labor should be conducted with the strictest attention to asepsis,