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That animal and human medicine are still barely-linked may be explained by two facts. Whether or not animals receive medical care depends on their economic value (except in "pet practice," which could flourish only in an affluent society). Hence, veterinarians have tended to ignore the economically unimportant disorders that even though possibly uncommon might command the attention of the biochemically and genetically-oriented physicians for the light they could throw on human disease. Furthermore, some of the most intensive veterinary investigations have, until recently, been carried on away from centers of human medicine.
This relative isolation of the two disciplines from
Pathology of Domestic Animals.The Year Book of Veterinary Medicine.. Ann Intern Med. ;60:748–749. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-60-4-748_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(4):748-749.
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