Etiological Factors

Warren L. Bostick, MD
JAMA. 1964;189(2):113-115. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070020041008.
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IN DISCUSSING the relationships between that segment of the medical profession which is busy producing medical students and that busy practicing medicine, one is reviewing an area that has often been contemplated and frequently named —the "Town and Gown" rhyme is pleasing; Dr. Hussey's "Preceptors, Practitioners, and Problems" catches the ear; Burton Rouche's "Part-Time, Full-Time, High-Time," spots one aspect of the problem and accents its urgency.

Any social situation having symptoms that often occur in groups can most appropriately be placed in that medical cluster known as a syndrome. Although this intersocial phenomenon has been reported with various manifestations, it nonetheless, from an otiological point of view, has certain very definite characteristics that permit it to be profitably analyzed in genetic terms. This hereditary trait is found in the genome of that social organization known as "a city which has a university." It can be manifest by various colleges of


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