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October 1954


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, New York Foundling Hospital.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1954;88(4):443-451. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1954.02050100445003

INTRODUCTION  HONEY was extensively used in ancient times as a supplement in infant feeding, particularly with newborn babies.1 In more modern times it has in large part been displaced as a source of carbohydrate by other sugars except in some countries of the Middle East and Asia, particularly Japan. In these countries, for practical reasons, honey has always enjoyed considerable popularity, and the science of apiculture is highly developed. This is readily understandable, since honey is found free in nature, is easily produced, and requires no treatment or preparation before use. In this country, honey has been used chiefly in rural areas and, even in these areas, only in a sporadic fashion. There were many reasons for this, but among the most important were the lack of uniformity in the product and our inability to produce honey in adequate quantities. In recent years, however, the beekeeping industry has been