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Medical News & Perspectives
January 6, 1999

New Paradigms Sought to Explain Occupational and Environmental Disease

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JAMA. 1999;281(1):22-24. doi:10.1001/jama.281.1.22-JMN0106-2-1

PHOENIX—Willingness to welcome new ideas about the causes of the multitude of diseases and conditions they treat is being recommended as one cure for what ails occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) specialists.

Faced with the need to establish a scientific rationale for their patients' disorders, these "specialists with the eyes of generalists" have resorted to a wide variety of theories and paradigms to explain the relationships among exposure, symptoms, and pathogenesis.

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