F. T. DE DOMBAL, M.A., M.D.
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To the editor: As chairman of the Research Committee of the World Organisation of Gastro-enterology, I wish to respond to the editorial on classifying inflammatory bowel disease (1). Because most of the editorial relates to philosophical questions, I also will deal with broad issues. Detailed answers to specific questions raised by the editorial have been given elsewhere (2-6).
The fundamental question is why classify inflammatory bowel disease at all. As our committee has pointed out over the past 6 years, such a classification has only limited value in terms of fundamental or etiologic research work. On this point the Committee
DE DOMBAL FT. Classifying Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Ann Intern Med. ;98:412. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-3-412_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(3):412.
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