Excerpt from Medical Sentinel, Vol. 14: January, 1906
One of the difficulties has always been that temporary success may mean ultimate failure. This is so true of the proprietary foods that if the injurious effects were manifested immediately, there would be much less of them used than now. Many mistakes are made by follow, ing up a line of feeding that is valuable as a temporary means, but not as a permanent food. The bad effects of the lack of one element of food from the diet may not manifest itself for months. Another stumbling block is that some strong, robust babies in healthful sur roundings thrive on an improper food.
It may be of profit to consider some of the characteristics of the digestive tract of 'the infant. I believe if we thoroughly understood the physiology of the baby's digestion, we would make fewer mistakes. It shows why the child thrives on the proper diet, and why it cannot be properly nourished on the proprietary foods, and why it cannot eat everything, as the mother often tells us.
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