Food and cookery for infants and invalids [NOOK Book]


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Food and cookery for infants and invalids

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  • BN ID: 2940026893584
  • Publisher: William Clawes and Sons
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1884 volume
  • File size: 180 KB

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CHAPTER III. WHAT CONSTITUTES RATIONAL FEEDING. In other words, how may an infant be so fed that his body shall develop and his health be maintained in this the first stage of his existence ? It will be necessary first to understand what purposes food subserves in the body, and how those ends are attained by the appropriate diet of infants. When the babe begins its independent existence, it has to find the materials for its development in the food given to it ; it has to grow as well as to live ; in other words, it has to maintain its force and build up its frame. The body is a wonderful piece of mechanism, capable of movement, progression, development, repair, self-adjustment and self- feeding. It may be likened to an engine with cranks, levers, wheels, pulleys, etc., having in it a boiler, fire, and force- pump ; this machine once set going never stops until it is finally taken down and put in the grave; the repair, feeding, stoking and supply of new material is all continued whilst it is working and is part of its working. It is not only a mechanism, but it contains the intelligence to direct, control, and regulate the mechanism, and the laboratory to prepare the fuel that gives it force. Such is the babe and such is the man," fearfully and wonderfully made ;" the highest order in creation, designed to expound the Maker's glory and wisdom. In all engines there is a motive-power, supplied by the steam generated primarily by the combustion of the fuel which gives out heat; heat is converted into force, force into motion, motion into work done; in the friction and daily wear and tear there is waste of material, which is replaced by man's agency, and the fuel is suppliedby thestoker; but the body is self-acting, self-feeding. The source of its energy is the food by which...
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