Parenteral infusions of aminoacid mixtures have been used since 1937 in attempts to replace nitrogen losses in disease.1 2 The administration of carbohydrate together with aminoacids discourages protein breakdown,3 and the commercially available mixtures listed in the table are the results of long investigation to find the best combination of protein and carbohydrate. More recently fats and ethanol-hexose solutions have been used to supply calories.
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