Considered on an over-all basis, the clinic 
appears -in terms of the doctor's experience-
as a new outline of the perceptible and
statable: a new distribution of the discrete
elements of corporal space (for example, the
isolation of tissue -a fuctional, two-dimens-
ional area- incontrast with the functioning
mass of the organ, constituting the paradox
of an 'internal surface') a recognization of
the elements that make up the pathological
phenomenon (a grammar of signs has replaced a botany of symptoms),
a definition of the linear series of morbid
events (as opposed to the table of nosological
species), a welding of the disease onto the
organism (the disappearance of the genereal
morbid entities that grouped symptoms together
in a single logical figure, and their repalce-
ment by a local status that situates the
being of the disease with its causes and
effects in a three-dimensional space).

Michel Foucault, The Birth of the Clinic :
An Archaeology of Medical Preception
NY:Vintage Books Edition, 1994, page xviii.