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June 24, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXII(25):1416-1419. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450520011002d

The problems of dietetics in pregnancy concern the questions relating to the quantity and quality of food necessary in normal cases for the best condition of mother and fetus, the best arrangement of meal times, the possibility of modifying the development of the child by diet so as to make spontaneous labor possible in cases of slight degree of pelvic contraction or easier in all cases, the possibility of determining the sex of the child by dieting the mother, and also the proper regulation of the diet in pathologic conditions, such as emesis or hyperemesis gravidarum, and in kidney diseases. During labor the question of diet is important only when it is very protracted or with weak or sick patients. During childbed the physician has to consider not only what food is necessary for the mother, both in normal and pathologic conditions, but also the effect of diet on the

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