I desire to express my opinion as to the use of sweet milk in acute conditions. In a majority of acute cases of disease the digestion is so impaired that the use of milk adds to the gravity of the disease, and from imperfect digestion there is more or less autoinfection.
The dietetic action of butter milk of the old fashioned kind is a desirable one, as it frequently prevents and relieves gastrointestinal irritation, and prevents autoinfection. Without the maintenance of a proper condition of the prima vim, remedies cannot be expected to exercise their best influence.
In view of the fact that sweet milk is so extensively, and I believe so carelessly used, I think a discussion of the above subject in this journal will prove interesting and profitable. 1 trust others will express themselves freely on this subject.
HORACE R. POWELL.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.