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February 27, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(9):421-423. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440090039005

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The fact that Chairs of Comparative Pathology have been established in Harvard University and in the University of Buffalo shows that more interest is being taken in this country in this subject, which is bound to throw much light on human pathology. It is the purpose of this article to point out some of the analogies between pathologic processes in man and those in the lower animals.

We find some affections occur only in animals, a small number are peculiar to man and some are rare in man though common in animals. " No matter," says Quatrefages, "which kingdom (animal or vegetal) they belong to, races have their pathologic characteristics as well as their external or anatomic ones; man is not exempt." Domestication and captivity are potent factors in the determination of disease processes. Thus wild animals are rarely attacked by the infections or intoxications, yet domesticated or wild animals in

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