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December 1942


Author Affiliations

From the Service of the Chair of Pediatrics, Mercedes Hospital, Havana University.

Am J Dis Child. 1942;64(6):977-995. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1942.02010120017002

The study on which we are reporting, fostered in the Service of the Chair of Pediatrics, Mercedes Hospital, Havana University, included the following aspects:

  1. Biologic value of coconut water, determined through study of its proteins.

  2. Importance of the amino acids found in the proteins of coconut water.

  3. Relation between the proteins in the endosperm of the coconut and those in the water.

  4. Experimental anaphylaxis in the rabbit as a means of determining the presence or absence of sensitizing (complex molecule) proteins in coconut water.

  5. Historicobibliographic survey of the medical use of coconut water.

  6. Ways of using coconut water in clinical pediatrics, with special reference to feeding of infants.

  7. Possibility of parenteral injection of coconut water and the scientific basis for it.

BIOLOGIC VALUE OF COCONUT WATER  In undertaking the study we were motivated by a desire to determine the scientific reasons for the use of coconut water in medical practice, since some of the reasons