Science: Milk

It is impracticable for hospitals to keep a row of wet nurses on call in an anteroom. Nevertheless mother's milk is often needed in a hurry for premature babies. Last week at the Mother's Milk Bureau of Manhattan's Children's Welfare Federation a group of medical men were shown a method of preserving human milk, an emulsion much less stable than cow's milk, for periods up to a year.

Developed by Dr. Paul W. Emerson, Harvard pediatrician, and Washington Platt of Borden Co., the method is freezing. The milk is drawn from the donors...

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