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November 22, 1890

FEEDING THE YOUNG.Read in the Section of Diseases of Children at the Forty-first Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, at Nashville, Tenn., May, 1890.

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JAMA. 1890;XV(21):744-745. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410470008001b

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It goes without saying that a large majority of the children who die under the age of 5 years perish from diseases of the alimentary canal, and in large cities the rate of mortality is such that even Maltheus would doubtless call a halt. That other causes than bad feeding come in for a share in the work of fatality we will not deny, neither will we discuss them in this paper. That bad feeding is the principal cause is fully borne out by the writer's observation and experience.

What is bad feeding? Mother's milk when the mother is herself badly fed all through the period of gestation and lactation; when her alimentary canal contains more or less fermenting material from excess of undigested hydrocarbons; and her whole dietary lacks tissue building ma terial to fairly support her own body, much less that of her child. A hungry man is

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