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August 2, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(5):258-259. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480310026004

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So long as the infant mortality is high the food of the infant will be a most important subject. Since the etiology of nearly every disease that afflicts the human family is either based on the food supply or is influenced in greater or less degree thereby, it is easily seen how important to the infant is the nature of its food and how the variations influence the infant far more than they do the adult. The family physician, the gynecologist, the obstetrician, the specialist—all are concerned in preparing the way for the infant's life and preserving it from harm, and they rightly demand of him who directs its diet that he shall give it every possible chance for life and health.

The alarmingly disproportionate mortality rate among artificially-fed infants—even if we adopt the most conservative statistics—is a fact that can not be carelessly considered. Other results short of death,

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