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October 1916


Author Affiliations

From the Children's Medical Department of the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1916;XII(4):333-344. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1916.04110160002001

The diversity of opinion among pediatricians concerning the digestion of protein has led to much discussion, and although certain phases of the question have been cleared up, there still remains much to explain. Recently Mendel and his co-workers have attacked the problem from a new angle in their brilliant studies in growth and the part played by the various members of the protein group in affording a "growth impulse" in growing animals. Studies of the effect of protein on the energy metabolism of infants have been carried on in Professor Lusk's laboratories at Cornell University Medical College by Howland1 and more recently Hoobler and Murlin2 have added much to our knowledge of this phase of the subject.

Although clinical symptoms of protein indigestion have been recognized by many clinicians, mainly of the American schools, an equally large number maintain that protein is harmless even in large amounts. The