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February 20, 1943

Constitution and Disease: Applied Constitutional Pathology

JAMA. 1943;121(8):628. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840080076029

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The rapid advances in chemotherapy have brought a shift in the relative importance of those extrinsic pathologic factors, particularly infectious diseases, which until recently have held the center of the stage in producing human misery and death. For somewhat obvious reasons medical curriculums in this country have lagged in presenting the constitutional or hereditary factors involved in human pathology. This work, by a prominent European clinician for many years professor of medicine at the University of Vienna, is therefore particularly timely. Dr. Bauer states in his preface "This little book may stimulate medical thinking and critical sense in evaluating old and new, actual and apparent facts in medicine. It may help to promote good judgment and common sense in practicing medicine and in digesting current medical literature as well. It should be considered as a supplement to the routine medical curriculum. By virtue of these objectives it may contribute to

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