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October 21, 1950


JAMA. 1950;144(8):690. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920080092012

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The practice of pathology should be one of the most appealing fields in medicine because it provides a unique approach to the study of human disease. But this science has not had as strong an appeal to the young medical graduate as have the clinical branches of medicine. Lack of understanding of what pathology can offer and the strong appeal of personal relationships with patients and the usually better financial outlook inherent to successful clinical practice may be responsible in part for this lack of interest. With the exception of those persons with some particular interest in the basic sciences of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and bacteriology who have found pathology intellectually satisfying, the science sometimes has been a second choice to physicians who have failed to find appointment in clinical fields satisfying.

The science of pathology should attract physicians. Being an integrated interpretive science, applying methods from the basic sciences

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