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August 25, 1945

Constitutional Medicine and Endocrinology

JAMA. 1945;128(17):1258. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860340064027

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This small volume consists of a series of essays on constitutional medicine in general and includes articles on addisonism or the hypotonic symptom complex, pathophysiology of the blood picture, hemopoiesis and constitution and the clinical aspect of the blood sedimentation rate. These are most inspiring and stimulating accounts of a dynamic, functional study of constitution and should be read widely by physiologists, internists and neuropsychiatrists. Their general trend may be gleaned by a quotation from the summary of the introductory article by Cawadias on constitutional medicine, metabolism and endocrinology: "Constitutional medicine, representing the contemporary conception of the internistic subspecialty known first as gastroenterology and metabolism and later as endocrinology and metabolism, is a well defined branch of internal medical research and practice distinct (with the reserve of overlapping inherent in the construction of medical specialties) from the other internistic subspecialties, neurology, cardiology, diseases of the chest, dermatology, epidemiology (fevers). Its

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