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September 1960

Infant Foods and Feeding Practices.

Am J Dis Child. 1960;100(3):457-458. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1960.04020040459025

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Certainly, if, as Stone (A.M.A. Arch. Int. Med. 104:840 [Nov.] 1959) has pointed out, "Fluid balance must have built many a $50,000 home," infant feeding can be credited with many a megabuck empire. Both fields are characterized by heated claims and counter-claims; both frequently invoke theory and supposition almost totally oblivious of observations and data. For infant feeding in particular, enthusiastic testimonials and scholarly obfuscations (ranging from presidential addresses and data-laden treatises to pleasing pictorial presentations of plump and placid pediatric patients published picturesquely—and persistently) have served too often only to further becloud basic issues.

Dr Herman Meyer is to be congratulated for his attempt to clarify these basic issues but, as he would no doubt be the first to admit, he has not been 100% successful. Nevertheless, this volume does have merit for the critical reader, for it permits recognition of where the facts end and fancy supercedes. Actually,

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