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February 5, 1938


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JAMA. 1938;110(6):457. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790060049019

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To the Editor:—  Pathologists will doubtless agree in general with the Dorland dictionary definition of pathology as "that branch of medicine which treats of the essential nature of disease." Many, therefore, were doubtless disturbed, as I was, to read in the editorial comment in The Journal, January 1, page 50, under the heading given above, most of a column devoted to the activities of the hospital and private laboratory (i. e., largely diagnostic procedures). Granting the correctness of the statements about pathology as applied to hospital and private laboratories, though much of this work may be technically biochemical, bacteriologic or serologic, should it not have indicated that only one phase of pathology was being considered? The future of pathology as a whole will be chiefly affected by its efficiency in maintaining and improving pathologic teaching and investigation and by the ability of all kinds of pathologists to adapt their specialty

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