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August 5, 1916


JAMA. 1916;LXVII(6):432-435. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590060032009

During the last quarter of a century more careful study has been given to infant feeding than to any other subject in pediatrics. Nearly every clinician has his favorite method, which he is willing, even anxious, to defend on all occasions. The infant, too, has been made the subject of a considerable number of complete metabolism experiments, in which his total heat loss has been calculated and the amount and composition of the food necessary to supply this loss and to furnish material for the rapid growth of his body have been estimated. These determinations of the data necessary for the infant's life and growth have confirmed the clinical experience of many years, namely, that while there are often marked individual differences in their need for food, sufficient nourishment can be supplied in an almost infinite number of food combinations, and that infants have a remarkable and very fortunate capacity

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