Medicine: Milk

The feeding of infants when the mothers cannot do so with their own milk has been an arduous task for physicians. They have been at their wit's end for substitutes. Wet nurses will not always do, sometimes because they are unavailable, more often because they may suffer from contagious diseases to which their own offspring may be immune. Dr. Brouzet (Sur I'education medecinale des enfants) thought so poorly of human mothers that he wished the state to interfere and keep them from suckling their young lest they...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!