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A new clinical science based on immunologic concepts has recently developed. Its growth has been accentuated by a rapid expansion of immunologic knowledge acquired in the past 2 decades. The practicing clinician and even the current medical student are poorly equipped to cope with this new field of clinical immunology. Most medical training and subspecialization is founded on an anatomical framework. When clinical events reflect pathophysiologic processes not restricted to tidy anatomic borders, our classic training fails. Immunologically mediated diseases illustrate this problem. Variable clinical patterns with multisystem characteristics are common. This is the result of different combinations of end-stage
Textbook of Immunopathology.. Ann Intern Med. ;71:881–882. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-71-4-881_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1969;71(4):881-882.
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