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April 4, 1966


Author Affiliations

From Department of Pathology, University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison.

JAMA. 1966;196(1):87-88. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100140141040

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The pathology texts published in the past few years reflect to varying degrees the changes that are evolving in the teaching of pathology. These changes lie in the direction of greater emphasis on the use of biochemical, genetic, physiological, immunologic, and ultrastructural information to explain the basic mechanisms of disease. This kind of information applies more directly to general pathology, or the "basic science" of disease, than to organ pathology, and consequently general pathology has been expanding at the expense of classical descriptive morphology. Thus, describing a text as "modern" or "up-to-date" implies not only inclusion of recent anatomical information but these other insights as well.

"Modern" Approach  A modern approach is well illustrated in Florey's Lectures on General Pathology (ed 3, Saunders, 1962, $22) which has been until recently the only such book available in the field. This is the basis for a "pure" basic science course at Oxford.

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