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MCV/Q, Medical College of Virginia Quarterly
During the era of the prescientific medicine, people were divided into two categories: those who were sick and those who were not sick. Physicians found it necessary to establish criteria to differentiate the ill and separate them according to symptoms and signs characteristic of classifiable diseases. Because of preoccupation with disease, the concept of the "normal" versus the pathological, as two opposite and definable conditions, was inevitable in the absence of scientific knowledge of human chemistry and physiology. This concept has carried over into the present era of scientific medicine.
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