Vincent M. Riccardi, MD, MBA; Jerome I. Rotter, MD
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1994;120(12):1043-1045.
Given the chance, a medical geneticist will remind you of two things: Almost all human disorders have a genetic element; and, even when a genetic element is paramount, one or more environmental elements contribute to shaping the disease process. Many common human disorders occur because of an interplay of genetic and environmental factors .
Primary care clinicians should not say “so what.” The point is that different diagnostic and treatment strategies for common disorders may have to be tailored to each of the two causative elements, genetic and environmental. This dual approach is among the messages of a pair of articles in this issue [2, 3].
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Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Infectious Disease, Peptic Disease, H. Pylori.
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