S. KATZENELBOGEN, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Somatic disorders of functional origin present quite a common problem in general medicine as well as in any of its special branches. In dealing with this subject one question immediately arises: Is it possible, or is one altogether justified in drawing a hard-and-fast line between "functional," so-called, and "organic"? Those "organicists" who believe in such a clean-cut demarcation, who are trained to think in terms of lesions exclusively, and to whom therefore complaints and even objective disorders have a meaning only when they can be reasonably explained by a detectable organic alteration, would do well to remember the following facts:
KATZENELBOGEN S. Somatic Disorders of Functional Origin*†. Ann Intern Med. 1932;5:1017–1021. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-5-8-1017
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1932;5(8):1017-1021.
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