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April 23, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(17):1084-1085. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490620026013

The remarks of Professor Orth, chairman of the Deutschen pathologischen Gesellschaft, at its last meeting in Cassel, in which the desirability of cultivating pathologic physiology in contrast with pathologic anatomy was strongly emphasized, have just been published in full.2 It was a favorite idea of Virchow's, though Virchow himself was a pathologic anatomist, that the science of pathologic physiology should be developed; such a science includes the essence of practical medicine, for the latter is only applied theoretical medicine, that is, pathologic physiology. Pathologic physiology is founded on pathologic anatomy, clinical observations and experimental investigations; it has as its task the establishment and explanation of the vital processes under abnormal conditions. It is a biologic science, standing in the same relation to pathologic anatomy as that in which normal physiology stands to normal anatomy. It is necessary to admit, as Professor Orth does, that the development of pathology thus