When it is deemed advisable to have recourse to this system of dieting, either from the outset or in consequence of failure of the milk treatment, it is well to commence with teaspoonful, gradually increased to tablespoonful, doses of carefully prepared meat juice. If this is well borne scraped meat and, later, minced and lightly cooked meat may be gradually introduced. When the latter is given, the meat should be reduced to a pulp by repeated passages through a mincing machine and warmed by floating for five or ten minutes in a saucer placed on boiling water, the warming being repeated several times and until the meat loses its raw appearance. In this condition it is not unpalatable.
At first an ounce or two of meat so prepared is given every three or four hours, but if it agrees the quantity should be gradually increased and the intervals between the meals lengthened, until a pound or more is consumed in the twenty-four hours in three or four meals.
Very dry, thin, crisp toast may be added to these meals but water should not be drunk until at least two hours after the meal. It is advisable to give the water as hot as can be swallowed; in no case should it be taken in large draughts at a time; it must be sipped slowly.
After several days or weeks of this diet it may be temporarily suspended, and an attempt made once more to resume the milk or a mixed diet, but it is well to allow several hours to intervene between the abandonment of the one and the introduction of the other. When given together meat and milk seldom suit; but alternating the two every few days sometimes proves successful when the prolonged insistence on one alone proves a failure.
The return to normal diet after a course of meat treatment should be as gradual and tentative as after the milk treatment.