On Diseases of Children

D. H. Hayden
1873 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
In the first article, the author gives the results of experiments recently made with infusions of the pancreas and of the parotid gland taken from infants who had died of various causes, principally of intestinal and of thoracic diseases. These experiments were conducted all in the same manner, and, when possible, a quantitative anylasis of the glucose was made. The following are the conclusions arrived at :-Infusions of the pancreas of infants only a few months old have absolutely no
more » ... lutely no glycogenic action upon starch, this becoming first demonstrable at two months of age, and then only in a very slight degree ; but, at the end of the third month, it is so great that in some cases the amount of sugar could be determined quantitatively. The fermentative action increases with age, and, at the end of the first year, is at its height. The infusions of the parotid gland, on the contrary, convert starch into sugar in the very first days of life, and the amount can be quantita-
doi:10.1056/nejm187308070890603 fatcat:glzhiiknxbarpb6onlly5ujui4