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March 7, 1925


JAMA. 1925;84(10):752-753. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660360034014

Few departments of clinical medicine have experienced as many varieties of "styles" in practice within the last few decades as has infant feeding. In rapid succession, novel procedures have been adopted in widespread ways, only to be abandoned with the advent of a newer proposal. Enthusiasm for each has waxed and waned until an unbiased observer might well wonder' whether pediatricians have not been following wrong ideals. In an illuminating address, Professor Park 1 of Yale University remarked not long ago that when one surveys the field of infant feeding, it is evident that almost all progress in the art of infant feeding has been empiric. We despise the influence of the grandmother in the feeding of the infant, but have derived many ideas from her and are still under her tutelage. To the present, science has served largely to explain why empiricism moved in this or in that direction,