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February 1965

Dynamic Pathology, Structural and Functional Mechanisms of Disease.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(2):251. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03860140131036

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The question of whether pathology is dynamic or not arises intermittently, even to the point recently when a flurry broke out over the value of autopsies. In an era of medicine when every opinion is likely to be challenged for its content of evidence and fact, an era characterized by boundless, well-tooled curiosity, such controversy is both inevitable and desirable. It has brought the pathologist out of the dungeon, and he is now more likely to be found conferring in the operating room, chemistry laboratory, or, indeed, at the bedside. It has (please God) laid to rest the discipline of morbid anatomy. Not least of all, the inquiry into the nature of pathology has led to the appearance of some excellent books oriented toward mechanisms of

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