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July 28, 1900


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JAMA. 1900;XXXV(4):209-210. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620300011002b

There is no more important subject in the domain of preventive medicine than that of infant-feeding. While the melancholy fact remains that a third of all infants born, largely because of improper nutrition, die before the completion of their third year, the abundance of literature on this subject constitutes no sufficient reason why it should not again and again be taken up. On the other hand, the infant mortuary records plead piteously that the subject be not laid aside as threadbare. It is not merely on a par with the most important subject in preventive medicine, but is itself the most weighty in this branch of the sanitary sciences. Not merely the life and well-being of the infant and child, but those of the adult and generations yet to be born are most vitally influenced by proper feeding of the infant. That real progress has been made in our understanding

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