The subject of these lectures will be the consideration of all the occurrences and conditions, both in the body and outside of it, which lead to disease. It is not the intention to detail the cause of each individual disease, but to discuss in general the factors and influences which can injure the organism. The object of such a general review of etiology is to encourage in you the habit of analyzing every clinical case as to the cause and condition upon which the morbid process or processes present depend. For you will soon learn in practice that the recognition of the name of a disease, its mere diagnosis, is not the key that unlocks all its secrets; but that a full insight into its nature depends as much on the knowledge how the disturbance was brought about as on the recognition of the anatomical changes involved. To
GRADLE H. LECTURES ON GENERAL ETIOLOGY.Delivered at the Chicago Medical College. JAMA. 1892;XVIII(11):320–323. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411150010001f
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