The term "athrepsia," as used in this paper, refers to that well known condition of extreme malnutrition of infants otherwise known as "marasmus," "infantile atrophy," or "dekomposition."
PATHOGENESIS OF ATHREPSIA
The essential factors in the pathogenesis of the condition, as determined by recent investigation, are discussed elsewhere,1 and they need now only be referred to briefly. The condition of athrepsia may be considered as the end result of an insufficient intake or of a failure to utilize food in sufficient amount to supply the demands of the body; in other words, a condition of virtual starvation. In this condition the volume flow of the blood, that is to say, the amount of blood flowing through a given portion of the body per minute, is diminished. This diminished volume flow, it has been shown, is dependent, in part at least, on a decreased blood volume, seemingly the result of a