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February 14, 1925


JAMA. 1925;84(7):539. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660330059037

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This little volume is devoted to a consideration of the constitutional pathology in infancy and childhood. A new interest has been awakened in this subject, particularly since the publication of Julius Bauer's book in 1917. Lederer has attempted to interpret some of the diseases of young life on the basis of constitutional pathology. It is obvious that the relation of the constitution to disease in every stage of life is of the utmost importance from the standpoint of etiology and pathogenesis. To know the endogenous or fundamental conditions of the structure of the cells and organs would be of inestimable value. One reads the book, however, with a feeling of skepticism. It is true that the material is suggestive. It is not all speculation. Nevertheless, the feeling remains that proof is not adequate. Further progress, more advanced medical thought, may show that Julius Bauer and Richard Lederer were in advance

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