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November 23, 1889

COW'S MILK FOR INFANT FOOD.Read in the Section of Diseases of Children at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1889.

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JAMA. 1889;XIII(21):732-738. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401170010001b

In India, several years ago, one of the Hindoo kings, "in order to atone for his cruelties, caused a colossal golden cow to be made, through the body of which he passed with profound reverence and made it the era from which all his edicts were dated." This historical fact is significant. We have practiced all manner of cruelties with the luckless infant deprived of its mother's breast; we have presented all manner of unfit substances to this small animal, whose only language is a cry, whose only desire is food. In fact, whenever a commercial enterprise finds itself burdened with some waste product that cannot be put to other use, it has been deemed a good substitute for mother's milk, and straightway the market is stocked with another "baby's food," and plenty of physicians to recommend it and plenty of babies ready for martyrdom. Now how can the physicians