ROBERT P. HUDSON, M.D.
In the November 1956 issue of the Journal of Medical Education, a medical student by the name of Joseph E. Bogen reported offering a free beer to any of his classmates who would contribute a written definition ". . . of the word 'functional' as used in the expression 'a functional disease' or a 'functional disorder.'" His reason for the offer and the results are illuminating indeed.
It seems that in class one day a professor used the term "functional disease." In all innocence, Bogen asked what the term meant. After class he was berated for indulging in a practice
HUDSON RP. The Concept of Disease. Ann Intern Med. ;65:595–601. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-65-3-595
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1966;65(3):595-601.
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