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May 6, 1974

Medical News

JAMA. 1974;228(6):675-686. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230310003001

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Babies who eat no animal protein fail to grow at normal rate  The young home economist was clearly taken aback.She had presented a workmanlike paper whose main conclusion was that a small group of infants on "vegan" diets (diets completely free of animal protein, except early breast feeding) did not grow and develop as well as other infants on diets containing animal products, or on vegetarian diets supplemented with cow's milk.And now, instead of the technical questions that usually follow a scientific presentation, here was this Harvard professor, asking whether she had given any thought to prosecuting some of the parents of those vegan-diet children under the child-abuse statutes?"I... I don't know whether I can answer that question, but it certainly... I mean, that seems to be a moral issue," said Christine Trahms, MS, of the University of Washington, Seattle. "But I think that pronounced growth