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February 5, 1968

The Future Textbook of Medicine

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JAMA. 1968;203(6):430. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140060054021

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To the Editor:—  The special review of the new Cecil-Loeb Textbook of Medicine (202:133, 1967) admirably diagnosed the morphology and prognosis of the changes in medical textbooks, but it incompletely diagnosed their etiology. Its emphasis was properly on the new general chapters that introduce each category of diseases.Why have these chapters been added, and what purpose do they serve? They have been added because they are needed. Today's student lacks an adequate understanding of the basic principles which these sections provide.Who has traditionally been responsible for the first systematic exposure, now found deficient, of the student to disease? Chiefly the departments of pathology; they are supposed to lay the groundwork by teaching the principles thereof.If pathology is defined as "the science of disease," then it is the science basic to the clinical subjects. If disease is "any deviation from the normal in form, function, and chemistry