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June 16, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(7):621-622. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.62970070004014c

As the result of a unique cooperative effort by the medical and engineering staffs of the Chrysler Corporation and the Henry Ford Hospital, a sturdy, dependable food pump has been designed. Increasing emphasis is being directed to the restoration and maintenance of fluid and nutritional balance in every branch of medicine. In spite of the great advance in alimentation intravenously, there are few who will disagree that the oral route is preferable where it can be used. The problem is that many patients whose nutritional requirements are urgent cannot or will not take sufficient food by mouth. Fortunately, in recent years small plastic tubes have become available that are extremely well tolerated and in almost every case can be passed to the desired position in the upper gastrointestinal tract.1 A prolonged trial of prepared feeding formulas convinced us that it was difficult to equal, much less to surpass, the

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