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June 13, 1925


JAMA. 1925;84(24):1826-1827. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660500034018

Recently the professor of physiology of the University of Bern, Dr. Leon Asher, made a journey to the United States, and on his return published his "impressions." 1 As a physiologist, he was particularly delighted with the predominant place of experimental methods in American medical education, and he quotes "one of the foremost American pathologists," who told him that pathologic anatomy is dead in America. Possibly this demise of one department of medical science has been prematurely reported. Granted that pathologic anatomy in the most restricted sense, as the end and sufficient goal of a section of the medical faculty, is seldom accepted as the complete life work of American pathologists, nevertheless there is still much activity in the study of purely anatomic problems, both in the mortuary and in the microscopic laboratory. It is fully appreciated by most pathologists not only that pathologic anatomy has many problems to solve