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May 21, 1892

INFANT FEEDING.Lecture delivered in the Fourth Special Course of the Chicago Policlinic,

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JAMA. 1892;XVIII(21):641-646. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411250011001c

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What I propose to give you to-day will be probably more in the nature of suggestion than instruction. I may possibly be rather more iconoclastic than constructive, but I wish to take into consideration certain of the principles which underlie the subject of infant feeding, rather than all the details which go to make up successful work in that direction.

We find it stated that human milk is the best food for the infant; we find it further stated, and generally accepted, that in the absence of human milk that food which most closely resembles mother's milk in its chemical and physical properties is the best for the infant. Now I wish to deny this latter statement, and it is rather difficult to show cause for the denial, for a lie that is partly true is the hardest of all to down. It is unquestionably true that mother's milk is

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