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April 1949

Biology of Disease.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1949;83(4):472. doi:10.1001/archinte.1949.00220330112015

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This is an interesting volume made up of chapters on a number of interesting diseases, twenty-four in all. Some of the subjects are hypertension of the pulmonary circuit, periarteritis nodosa, Libman-Sacks disease, polycythemia vera, follicular lymphoblastoma, myeloma, the relation of neurocirculatory asthenia to exophthalmic goiter, toxic hepatitis, obesity, peptic ulcer, achlorhydria in relation to anemia, cardiospasm, sprue syndrome, emphysema, psychosomatic medicine, nephrosis and the hyperkinetic diseases. A number of these articles have been published before.

Moschcowitz starts with the idea that many diseases are not sharply defined genera but transitions of morbid states from one to another. Sir Thomas Lewis had the idea that sometimes when physicians separate one disease from another with the help of refined methods they do themselves a disservice. They rather confuse things. "It would be just as consistent to classify the earliest, the intermediate, and the final phases of disease as separate entities as it

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