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August 12, 1998

DiseaseMechanisms of Diseases: An Introduction to Clinical Science

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998American Medical Association


edited by S. Tomlinson, A. M. Heagerty, and A. P. Weetman, 513 pp, with illus, $120, ISBN 0-521-46180-4, paper, $49.95, ISBN 0-521-46738-1, New York, NY, Cambridge University Press, 1997.

JAMA. 1998;280(6):573-574. doi:10.1001/jama.280.6.573-JBK0812-2-1

This book will enhance learning at all seasons of medical education. Even the premedical student who is engaged in mastering the disciplines of biology and cognate sciences for entry into medical school will benefit from the second and third chapters, which deal with cellular and molecular biology and genetics as they relate to medical science and disease.

The first chapter, which surveys the historical development of concepts of disease, may bewilder beginning medical students and would most likely confuse premedical students. Comprehension of such a topic is more readily developed for students when they have acquired a personal acquaintance with disease in patients by clinical and laboratory examinations. Indeed, one might contend that acquaintance with postmortem examinations of patients is basic to students' full appreciation of such a discussion.

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