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December 17, 1898

ABSORPTION VS. DIGESTION OF MILK.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(25):1449-1452. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450250007001c

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Abstract

No words or argument are necessary to show the advantage of milk as a nutriment. Millions of human beings, from the cradle to the grave, have proved its life-giving powers, and untold millions will continue to use it, wholly ignorant of any physiologic facts concerning its mode of influencing nutrition, and guided only by instinct, which in animals is unerring, but which in man is often perverted by the elements of civilization.

Milk is food. Alone and unassisted it is capable not only of sustaining life for an indefinite period, but it furnishes all the elements for the complete construction of the human frame; on it alone the infant learns to talk and walk, and develops all the tissues of the system. Adults have lived on it alone for weeks or months, and by it convalescents from grave sicknesses have recovered vitality and strength. Milk is a complex and delicate

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