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Dr. Stevens attempts in his book to present some general principles or all-encompassing theorems on which to base understanding of diseases and pathophysiology in general. One of the central arguments revolves around an interesting classification of all living cells on the basis of their metabolic requirements for oxygen. The idea is presented that the major controlling or differentiating factor in cell division is the variable oxygen tensions required for different cell types. From these simply stated theorems the author proceeds to take several rather gigantic and heroic leaps into an analogous explanation or exposition of such diverse states as arteriosclerosis,
The Ecology and Etiology of Human Disease.. Ann Intern Med. 1968;68:1375–1376. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-68-6-1375_3
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