The statement on "Sterilization of Milk Mixtures for Infants," by the Committee on Fetus and Newborn, was concerned with giving advice that would provide maximum safety for the largest number of children. The Committee recognized that each physician must give advice concerning sterilization based on his knowledge of specific circumstances. It is clear that there is considerable variation in the levels of hygiene and mothercraft in households throughout the country. Consequently the Committee sought to reassert certain principles rather than to issue a fiat.

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