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July 11, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(2):115-117. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730020043022

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Congress of Internal Medicine  The annual Congress of Internal Medicine, held in Wiesbaden, April 13-16, and attended by 1,200 members and guests, was opened with an address by the president, Prof. G. von Bergmann of Berlin. He emphasized that the revolutionary reformation of the principles of diagnosis, which is still under way, has, by means of greater precision and nicety of discrimination, brought hidden diseases to view and made possible sharply circumscribed organic diagnoses. It is not anatomic considerations but disturbances in the "functional pathology" that stand in the forefront and furnish a basis for new views— for example, on circulatory disorders in their relation between the heart and the periphery. The notion of inflammation now goes beyond what is demonstrable in cellular pathology and takes account of a changed disposition toward disease and specific changes in the tissues in the form of hyperergic and anergic tissue reaction. Joined with

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