The condition known as infantile atrophy, athrepsia, or marasmus occurs so frequently and its consequences are so serious that it is of the utmost importance to obtain accurate knowledge of its pathology and nature, in the hope that such knowledge may furnish indications for treatment. The clinical manifestations have been described so many times that it is unnecessary to refer to them here, more especially as any physician in general practice must have seen such cases.The condition begins, as a rule, in the first two or three months of life, and is caused by errors in the diet. It may be that the quantity of food is excessive, that the quality of the food is unsuitable, or that the food is given too frequently. As a rule, one finds a combination of several errors. In consequence of faulty diet, the digestion, as is shown by the character of
WENTWORTH AH. A CONSIDERATION OF THE ETIOLOGY AND DIETETIC TREATMENT OF INFANTILE ATROPHY. JAMA. 1905;XLV(9):579–585. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510090001001
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