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In the present flurry of curricular activity we are constantly reminded that common things most commonly occur, and perpetuation of the esoteric is considered inappropriate to medical education. Rare diseases have allegedly become the playthings of academic physicians who are supposed to have enough time to indulge in such superficialities. This semieducated approach is denied by Dr. Victor McKusick in a foreword to the book under review. He gives four good reasons why rare conditions should be of interest to all physicians. They occur; and no patient is going to excuse us from diagnostic ineptitude on the basis of ignorance.
Rare Diseases and Lesions: Their Contributions to Clinical Medicine.. Ann Intern Med. 1968;69:177. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-69-1-177_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1968;69(1):177.
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