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Medical knowledge does not invariably lend itself to precise classification. A great variety of clinical observations, including those grouped into the medical syndromes, cannot be categorized by rational schemes. Most medical syndromes were described long before scientific knowledge permitted elucidation of underlying factors responsible for the features of the syndromes, but the original clinical descriptions have become an integral part of medical lore. Indeed, when basic etiologic factors are uncovered, eponymic or descriptive designations frequently are retained despite the obvious need for precise nomenclature.
Descriptions of the syndromes are scattered through medical, surgical, biologic, chemical, and related scientific publications. These
Encyclopedia of Medical Syndromes.. Ann Intern Med. ;54:359. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-54-2-359_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1961;54(2):359.
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