M. S. S.
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Precision in diagnosis, prognosis and therapy depends to a large degree on exactness in etiology. One cause, and by no means an unimportant one, of clinical abnormality is the gene. Major emphasis in the control of disease has been placed upon environmental factors in their broadest sense. Thus tremendous strides have been made in recent years in the control of diseases of infectious or nutritional etiology. As the latter continue to be conquered one by one the influence of genetic anomalies becomes of greater relative importance.
The use of the term "congenital" in delineating disease of genetic origin is, as
S. MS. GENETIC ASPECTS OF SOME DISEASES OF THE BLOOD. Ann Intern Med. 1947;26:796–800. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-26-5-796
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1947;26(5):796-800.
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