The dictum of "liquid food in typhoid" has resulted in the use of an exclusive milk diet by many physicians. So much so is this the case, that we think we may truthfully say that the orthodox diet in typhoid, as recognized by the profession as a whole, is one exclusively of milk. The advantages resulting from the use of the milk diet have been noticeably great, and it is customary to ascribe these benefits to the bland character of the food. The liquid character of the milk is particularly insisted upon and it is assumed that solid food would be detrimental because of its solidity.
It seems to be opportune to call into question this mechanical explanation of the results obtained with a milk diet. The diminished risk to perforation which it may afford is insufficient; its lack of irritation upon an inflamed bowel, is too indefinite.
DIET IN TYPHOID FEVER. JAMA. 1891;XVII(25):977–978. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02411030035003
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