When asked to write upon this subject for the Symposium of the Pediatric Society I realized how hard it is to make such a paper more than a mere catalogue of lesions. To avoid this it has seemed better and more profitable to consider the subject in a comparative light, and to take the pathologic changes in the adult as a standard by which to develop the difference in the pathology of the child heart, together with some inquiry as to the causes of these disturbances. With such an object in view it seems best to take up first the conditions of nutrition and disease particularly liable to affect the heart in childhood.
NUTRITION OF THE HEART IN CHILDHOOD.
It is a general law that the tissues respond more quickly and more readily to stimulation and grow more vigorously in early life than after puberty. A corollary to this is
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