Kenneth G. Gould Jr., MD, PhD; Kent W. Peterson, MD
Physicians accustomed to precise definitions of diseases in specific molecular terms may be less accepting in today's rapid-paced environment of the efforts of those who classify and describe diseases in clinical or often in lay terms. Yet, such characterization of illness has occurred throughout the history of medicine from Hippocrates through Galen, Osler, and beyond (1). Before Mycobacterium tuberculosis was shown to cause consumption, tuberculosis was described in terms of cough, hemoptysis, fever, weight loss, and pallor leading to death. Concern over injury and death has led many since Ramazzini to describe diseases and death thought due to workplace exposure,
Gould KG, Peterson KW. In Search of Occupational Illness. Ann Intern Med. ;111:195–197. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-111-3-195
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;111(3):195-197.
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