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June 5, 1937

Einführung in die pathologische Physiologie

JAMA. 1937;108(23):1996. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780230056034

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This distinctive and carefully written book covers the general field of abnormal or applied physiology and is therefore of special interest to third and fourth year medical students. In addition, however, it should interest all those who are endeavoring to improve the practice of medicine in the matter of accurate diagnosis and rational treatment. It is written by a clinician who for years has lectured to students on this subject and who draws on an extraordinary repertory of physiologic and biochemical information. In his introduction Bürger points out the fallacies of the old "organ diagnosis" in internal medicine and emphasizes the interdependence of the various parts of the body. While this idea is gaining ground in medicine, its implications still require emphasis, and the book abounds in excellent illustrations of it (e. g., psoriasis, p. 320). More discrimination is needed in the ordering of such things as "strict bed rest"

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