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January 10, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(2):116-117. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720280034012

The apparent prejudices of scientifically motivated persons are rarely more noticeable anywhere than in the domain of infant feeding. The "styles" in nutrition to which children are subjected in the earliest periods of life have changed from year to year, sometimes in almost a bizarre manner. This is particularly true with respect to the favored carbohydrates that enter into the successive formulas. A study of the history of infant feeding will disclose the recommended use of cereals in various forms, lactose, sucrose, maltose and dextrose as milk "modifiers," diluents or supplements. The vogue of each has been relatively transitory, changes of prescription being instituted by physicians on the basis of clinical criticisms and experimental demonstration. The objectively minded general practitioner into whose care the welfare of the baby is committed has probably often harbored bewilderment while he followed the dictum of the latest "expert." The advertising campaigns also have helped

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