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May 1928


Am J Dis Child. 1928;35(5):949. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1928.01920230199024

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Pediatricians have stated that the most common complaint today is the unsuccessful effort on the part of mothers to overcome the child's apparent lack of appetite. A majority of the families who have an abundance of food, and in whom the parents are striving to give a maximum amount of what they consider a well-balanced dietary, find that it is impossible to get the children to eat what it is thought they should. Aldrich, in this little book, discusses the nature of hunger and appetie, his conception of the hunger-appetite reflex, the psychologic and physiologic factors which influence it. He believes that prevention of such disturbances is more successful than the treatment in the established case.

This volume is helpful to mothers especially as among other things it discusses methods of getting the child into the habit of eating. Fathers who read this book will learn the uselessness of indulging

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