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November 21, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(21):1750-1752. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25410210006001a

In caring for an infant we should ever keep in mind the desired ultimate result, viz., the development of a perfect adult with a normal adult stomach. The kind of a stomach possessed by an adult of 25 years depends considerably on how he was fed during the first two years of his life. The stomach at birth is little more than a straight tube continuous with the esophagus above and the duodenum below, and hangs nearly vertical in the abdomen. It is elastic and easily distended, and is in contact with, and more or less pressed on by, the other abdominal viscera and the diaphragm. There is a slight fulness on one side, showing where the greater curvature and the fundus will be, and if it is distended it assumes a shape approaching that of the adult stomach. We do not know accurately its capacity. The means that have

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