What is meant by morphology

Morphology and clinical diagnostics

Internal medicine: development, requirements, limits pp 25-34 | Cite as


When, a few years ago, on the occasion of a ceremony at the Pathological Institute, Eberhard Buchborn masterfully sketched thoughts on the changing relationship between clinical subjects and pathology and chose the title "Pathology in the mirror of the clinic", I could not have suspected that today, again for a festive occasion, would be able to continue the mirror reflection; because morphology and clinical diagnostics, our chosen topic here, of course ultimately mean the relationship between pathology and internal medicine. However, the emphasis is deliberately set a little differently, on the one hand with the limitation to the area of ​​clinical diagnostics, that probably the oldest part of clinical medicine, which precedes every therapy, on the other hand with the use of the term morphology. Pathology is mainly morphologically oriented, but not exclusively, whereby the weights have shifted several times over the course of time. What is important, however, is that the term morphology itself has changed, i.e. in some cases a change in meaning has taken place, and that relationships with the clinic and clinical diagnostics have come about in different ways from the complex meanings of the term. It is necessary to sketch this outwardly because a correct evaluation of the interrelationships between morphology and clinic requires a differentiated evaluation of the conceptual contents under discussion here.

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