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The new edition of this text will be welcomed with the same enthusiasm which attended the presentation of the first edition in 1932. Von Bergmann approaches disease from the standpoint of functional pathology, proceeding from a general discussion in the first chapter to a specific consideration in succeeding chapters of the important organs—colon, stomach, pancreas, duodenum and biliary tract, followed by a consideration of inflammation, the vitamins and hormones, diabetes, thyroid states and vascular, cardiac and nervous problems. Such an approach to disease is stimulating in at least two ways: First, it integrates for the reader related diseases and passes from the normal to the abnormal function of organs with a clarity of understanding impossible to attain from a study of the isolated disease entities alone. Second, it instills in the student of disease a realization of the importance of knowledge of normal function of tissues, leading to an easy
Functionelle Pathologie. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1938;61(2):367. doi:10.1001/archinte.1938.00180080209011
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