These authorities then take up the last half of the childs second year and say:--"When the boy is a year and a half old baked potato and sofa-boiled or coddled eggs may be added to the diet. They should both be given at dinner. (These two foods should never be fed at the same meal. H. M. S.). If the egg does not disturb it, it may have baked custard as another dessert, but never on the same day that it has a boiled or coddled egg. Butter may be begun at about the same time. Further additions to the desserts are plan tapioca and apple tapioca."

Other cereals are also added to the cereal list at this time. Induding an orange juice feeding at 10 a. m., their schedule calls for six feedings a day at eighteen months--six feedings of the abominable mess mentioned above and a quart of milk.

They caution against feeding green vegetables before the child is two years old.

At the age of two years they add meats to the child's diet cautioning, only, against fried fats, which are indigestible, pork, and twice-cooked meats--"A fundamental principle in feeding is that foods that are cooked over are much less digestible than foods that have been cooked but once."

At two and a quarter to two and a half years, they add green vegetables--spinach, string beans, asparagus, peas, cooked celery. Peas and spinach should always and string beans should usually be put through a sieve, they say. "Canned asparagus is usually somewhat indigestible."

Fish and other meats are added to the child's diet during the third year; carrots and squash may also be begun at this time. "Cabbage and cauliflour are very easily digested if they are not served with a cream sauce. Cabbage should never be given raw. We do not approve of tomatoes, beets and corn for children."

Then comes the astounding part of this insane advise about feeding children. I presume that after reading the above the reader should be prepared for almost anything, however. They say:

"Pears and peaches may be given cooked at three or four years. In general it is not advisable to give them uncooked before the child is five years old. #### The pulp of the orange may be given at four years. We do not think that grapefruit should be given to young children."

They cast doubts on bananas, then say "they are rather more digestible when baked, and, of course, when taken raw, should be scraped or cut into fine pieces"--to train the child to swallow its food without chewing it, I suppose.

But let us go on: "We do not believe in giving raw apples to children, at any rate, before they are six years old. Raw apples are indigestible for many children, as well as adults, even when they are scraped (But not when they are chewed. H.M.S.) The old saying that 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away' has been a great boon for those physicians who specialize in diseases of children." "Uncooked berries should not be given to children before they are six years old. Cooked strawberries and blueberries may, however, be given cautiously after children are four years old. Melons are not a suitable form of food for young children; nor are nuts."

After expressing all this fear of the best foods in the world for children--fruits, berries, melons, nuts; and these raw--they tell us that the list of desserts may be increased during the third year to include prune whip, simple gelatins, bread and rice puddings, baked custard--plain cookies are added after the fourth birthday, as is, also vanilla ice cream.

Nor do these complete this catalogue of crimes against the health of the child. For, as a climax, to all of this stupidity, they say: "Whole wheat bread has but very little, if any, more nutritive value than bread made from white flour. ### The same is true of brown and polished rice."

I write this book for intelligent people, and not for those who foolishly follow such advice as the above. Yet, bad as it is, it is not as bad as the advise many doctors give on infant feeding. I have selected as a prize exhibit in dietetic insanity, the dietary of leaders in the profession, not that of the small-fry. The deplorable results of such feeding speak for themselves. The fallacies in this diet will be made apparent as we proceed.