Since the chief function of the infant is growth, it is not surprising that the nutrition of the infant should be the chief concern of those responsible for his welfare. Congenital anomalies of structure, acute and chronic infections, unsuitable food, unhygienic surroundings, too much attention or too little attention, in fact, almost any factor external or internal which can affect the infant at all has an influence on his nutrition. Scarcely any one portion or system of the body may become affected without involving the general nutrition. A growing realization that it is the infant as an organic whole that must be considered, rather than any individual organ, has led to a much broader conception of diseases in infancy and to more rational therapy. This is especially true of those diseases which are associated with gastro-intestinal disturbances. The time has passed when we center our attention exclusively on the alimentary
MARRIOTT WM. SOME PHASES OF THE PATHOLOGY OF NUTRITION IN INFANCY. Am J Dis Child. 1920;20(6):461–485. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1920.01910300001001
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