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November 30, 1957

DIAGNOSTIC PROBLEMS: GUEST EDITORIAL

JAMA. 1957;165(13):1700. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980310052013

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Abstract

HE CLINICAL pathological conference, as introduced in American medicine by Cabot, has become an important instrument of medical training and medical education not only in teaching institutions but in hospitals of all sizes. The purpose of the clinical pathological conference is to correlate the symptomatology of the disease ( based on the classic methods of physical diagnosis), its natural history, and pathological physiology with the morphologic alterations of the various organs. This basic concept, first stated by Morgagni in his classic work "De sedibus et causes morborum per anatomen indagitis" (about the sites and causes of disease investigated by anatomy ) is the foundation of modern correlative pathology.

Clinical pathological conferences may be conducted in a variety of ways. The objective of the pathologist must be to present those structural changes which are most important for the understanding of the clinical manifestations of the case under discussion. The morphology and pathogenesis of

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