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July 23, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(4):307-308. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690040047022

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The Need of Pure Milk for Infants  At a recent meeting of the Verein für innere Medizin und Kinderheilkunde, Professor Reyher demanded that cow's milk destined for infants' use shall be pure and rich in vitamins when produced and that it shall also be kept in that condition until it is used. Not only the summer peak of the infant mortality curve but also the winter peak, which is caused by respiratory infections, are closely related to the pure milk question. Although the children die from the bacterial insult, their illness may develop as the result of damaged nutrition, which weakened their resistance and exposed them to infection.The pediatrician demands for infant feeding the presence of vitamin B (the antiberiberi vitamin) and vitamin C (which prevents scurvy). The fat content is much less important.The results obtained with the various kinds of milk used in this region did not

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