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Henry J. Gerstenberger, M.D.
JAMA. 1927;88(4):243. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.92680300029010a.
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Frequently I have been asked at the end of the many talks that I have given to both professional and lay audiences, in connection with the use of cod liver oil in the prevention of rickets, the following question:

How do you disguise the annoying taste of cod liver oil?

How do you administer cod liver oil?

What do you do when a child refuses to take cod liver oil?

What do you do when cod liver oil upsets the digestion of the infant or child?

To all these questions but one answer has been given, namely: Cod liver oil should be given once daily on an empty stomach and when most of the family members are likely to be at home. In other words, the cod liver oil should be given in whatever dose thought necessary before breakfast. If under these circumstances the child vomits its first dose,


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