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Article
September 17, 1927

THE MALNOURISHED CHILD: AN INDIVIDUAL, INTENSIVE METHOD OF TREATMENT

Author Affiliations

EVANSTON, ILL.

JAMA. 1927;89(12):931-936. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690120007003
Abstract

Malnourished children constitute that great heterogeneous group who are appreciably (10 or more per cent) below weight for height and age. Every country, race and stratum of society has its quota of such children. The more carefully each underweight child is studied, however, the more convincing is the evidence that the condition is usually due to a limited number of causes, and that its correction and prevention are closely associated with the two fundamental requisites for growth—proper food and ample rest. Excellent treatises by Smith,1 Emerson2 and Kaiser3 show what can be accomplished by the class or group method of treatment, now used more or less extensively in clinics, schools and outpatient departments. I shall attempt to give a brief outline of a simple, intensive, individual method of treatment for the malnourished child brought to the physician's office. It has been used in several hundred instances during

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