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Parenteral feeding of patients has come of age within the past decade. Not only is it possible to avoid ketosis, dehydration, and electrolyte imbalance, but now it is reasonable to insist that every patient receive adequate protein and enough caloric energy to establish an anabolic condition. This has led to a wave of enthusiasm that is only slightly dampened by careful evaluation of results. Total parenteral nutrition certainly is a valuable asset to physicians, surgeons and pediatricians. But it is not a panacea and must be used cautiously and with full awareness of its potential hazards.
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Total Parenteral Nutrition.. Ann Intern Med. 1976;85:412. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-85-3-412_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;85(3):412.
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