According to a recent report,1 goat's milk is being sold in a number of cities in the United States, usually as a fancy article and at a high price. It is consumed largely by infants and invalids, particularly by patients with tuberculosis. This may come as a surprise to readers who have never considered the fact that in some parts of the world the milch goat is a competitor of the dairy cow. The small quantity of milk that is used, chiefly by children, in the dry summer countries of Europe is largely supplied by goats, which can live on a poorer and drier diet than is possible for the cow. It was recently reported2 that in the whole of Greece there are only 4,000 cows, most of them near Athens, goats being more important as a source of milk. Some varieties of milch goats in Mediterranean countries
GOATS AND MALTA FEVER IN THE UNITED STATES. JAMA. 1923;80(5):325–326. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640320037015
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