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January 21, 1939

The Special Pathological Anatomy and Pathogenesis of the Circulatory, Respiratory, Renal and Digestive Systems Including the Liver, Pancreas and Peritoneum

JAMA. 1939;112(3):268. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800030078039

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This volume is an exceptionally good adjunct to textbooks of pathology for the physician who is interested in the physiologicopathologic processes underlying disease. The book is limited to the consideration of the pathogenesis of diseases of the circulatory, respiratory, renal and digestive systems. Under each system the author briefly reviews the structure and development of each organ with a nice selection of topics significant in pathologic processes. To this he frequently adds a summary of various experimental studies which throw light on the disease process to be discussed. From this point on the descriptions of the various diseases observed in each organ vary from short, concise statements of well established pathologic pictures and their relations to one another to a detailed historical account of the various theories of pathogenesis and the evidence supporting them. The purpose of the book, skilfully and logically maintained throughout, is admirably stated in the author's own words : "Any pathogenetic explanation which stops short of tracing the actual tissue changes in their causal connections fails to reach its purpose. We may be unable to accomplish this

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