Natural History of Disease

  • Charles B. Freer
  • Ian R. McWhinney


In science, the term natural history embodies two concepts: first, the faithful and accurate description of the phenomena of nature; second, a description of the changes they undergo over a period of time. Ryle describes the work of the naturalist as “observing, recording, classifying, and analyzing.”1 Physicians have not always seen themselves as naturalists, nor have they always seen diseases as objects of nature.


Natural History Family Physician Family Practice Mitral Valve Prolapse National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey 
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  • Charles B. Freer
  • Ian R. McWhinney

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