At the present time our knowledge of the condition recognized as status lymphaticus, or as it is more commonly called by German writers — status thymicolymphaticus, is not based on etiology, but on physical characteristics.
It is not essential to the pursuit of clinical studies that we should have a theory of the disturbed physiology, which determines the abnormal physical individual, nor yet await the complete understanding of the separate or mutual functions of the various secreting tissues, before we admit the relation of the clinical findings to health and disease. What is important for the internist, and for the eugenist, is the recognition of a type of individual whose physical peculiarities seem to bear an important relation to his mortality, in certain infectious diseases, and to his susceptibility to some of the deteriorating influences which modern society tolerates or suffers from. This recognition of a type of person,
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