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July 14, 1945

A Textbook of Pathology: Pathologic Anatomy in Its Relation to the Causes, Pathogenesis, and Clinical Manifestations of Disease

JAMA. 1945;128(11):835-836. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860280061024

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In writing a textbook of pathology, an author must ask himself "Is this a book for students?" or "Is it for practicing physicians?" or "for specialists in pathology?" The approach to these various avenues would imply stressing fundamental problems of interest to different groups. However, in recent years writers in the various branches of the medical subjects have sought to include and correlate the fundamental sciences as part of their discussion for a better understanding of disease problems. Anatomy, physiology, chemistry, bacteriology and pathology are the pillars supporting the framework about which the better understanding of the cause and effect, the pathogenesis and epidemiology of disease and the effectiveness of the therapy is better understood. Physicians today do not have to "guess" what the nature of the patients' ailments are, they need only evaluate the objective and subjective findings in terms of the basic sciences. Therapy should not be empirical

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