Norm en praktijk van kindervoeding in Brusselse hospitalen, 1830-1914

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This article studies the diet of children in the two largest Brussels hospitals throughout the nineteenth century, contributing to the history of children, food, and health. It claims a close bond between norms and practices regarding the hospital's diet and questions the relationship between the diet inside and outside the hospitals. Investigating hospital regulations and various manuscripts shows great improvement in the children's diet (measures by kilocalories, protein, calcium, iron, and vitamin C) caused by the general progress of the quantity and quality of the food in both hospitals, the shift of portion sizes (children moved from 1/4 and 1/2 ration to 1/2 and 3/4 ration), and, after 1880, the additional intake of dairy products and eating at the patient's discretion. Up to 1880, a "silent revolution" occurred, but in the last quarter of the century, a focused policy emerged. Hence, children's diets improved much more radically compared to adults'. The hospitals' diet reflected what happened, in general, outside their walls up to the 1880s, but they showed the way to improved food for children after 1880, testifying to the changed attitude toward (food for) children.
Vertaalde titel van de bijdrageNorm en praktijk van kindervoeding in Brusselse hospitalen, 1830-1914
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)339-361
Aantal pagina's22
TijdschriftJournal of the History of Childhood and Youth
Nummer van het tijdschrift10
StatusPublished - 2017


  • diet
  • children
  • Brussels
  • hospitals
  • History Belgium

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