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January 2, 1954


Author Affiliations

Muncie, Ind.

Pathologist, Ball Memorial Hospital. Chairman, Board of Registry of Medical Technologists of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

JAMA. 1954;154(1):39-42. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940350041010

In approaching a subject so vast it is tempting to spend more time than would be appropriate on the beginnings of the techniques, methods, and apparatus that form the tools of medical technology and how these tools and the ideas from which they came and to which they have led have influenced not only physiology and pathology but every other aspect of medicine, as well as our entire social and economic structure. It is also a temptation to discuss in greater detail than opportunity permits all the intimate relationships between medical technology in its broadest sense and physiology and pathology, two of the great fundamental divisions of medicine that utilize technical procedures more than any other. However, the scope of such a discussion would be so vast that it is necessary to limit it to a few of the most timely aspects.

If time permitted it would be easy to

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