It has been the custom of lecturers and writers to discuss disease by types, the nomenclature depending on certain groupings of symptoms and signs as indicating a particular disordered condition known as a disease. Within certain limits, variation in character, cause, duration, or sequence of symptoms was allowed without a change in name other than saying atypical. So also many well-known, and some rare, manifestations were observed and acknowledged under the terms, "complication," "sequelæ," etc., without, however, requiring a change in the established generic name of the disease. In the description of certain pathologic conditions the modifying terms, such as "acute," "subacute," "chronic," "retarded," "latent," etc., were employed to express at least the stage of the morbid process, though some of the conditions there described were so dissimilar that no relationship was discoverable save that of the name. In the acute infectious disorders, so loath have we been to surrender
COTTON AC. SEPTIC CONDITIONS IN SOME OF THE ACUTE INFECTIOUS DISORDERS IN CHILDREN. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(16):976–978. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610160018001f
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