HYMAN MORRISON, M.D.
Ottmar Rosenbach holds a place among the notables in medicine by virtue of the part he played in the development of the concept of functional disease and functional diagnosis. This idea of recognizing and treating disease before structural pathology had actually taken place marks an epoch-making advance in internal medicine, historically in line with its several evolutionary stages.
First, there was the descriptive period dominated by Sydenham (1624-1689). A keen, painstaking observer, Sydenham re-introduced the old Hippocratic method of studying disease at the bedside and during epidemics, and grouped symptoms into clear-cut disease pictures previously undifferentiated or unrecognized.
MORRISON H. AN ARTICLE CONTRIBUTED TO AN ANNIVERSARY VOLUME IN HONOR OF DOCTOR JOSEPH HERSEY PRATT: OTTMAR ROSENBACH, PIONEER IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONCEPT OF FUNCTIONAL DISEASE AND FUNCTIONAL DIAGNOSIS IN INTERNAL MEDICINE1. Ann Intern Med. ;11:527–536. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-11-3-527
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1937;11(3):527-536.
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