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April 11, 1914


JAMA. 1914;LXII(15):1170-1171. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560400038018

The more intimate knowledge which has been gained in recent years regarding the underlying causes of certain hitherto little-understood diseases promises to uproot and displace, or at any rate to supplement, some of the older notions that have been current. The modern development of pathology has left such an indelible impression on the study of medicine that its special point of view has long remained the dominant one, and in most cases properly so. Our diagnostic powers have been widened enormously, throughout the nineteenth century, by what has been termed the clinicopathologic investigation of disease. Osler remarks that the physician of to-day who wishes to obtain a sound knowledge of the natural history of disease must adopt Morgagni's method of "anatomic thinking." The long-prevalent influence of pathologic anatomy made it seem almost inevitable that some defect of bodily structure be found with which to associate the incidence of disease either

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