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February 1, 1936

A Terminology of Operations of the University of Chicago Clinics

JAMA. 1936;106(5):409. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770050065032

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This is another effort directed toward establishing a terminology that could easily be set up as an operation index file in the record library of any hospital. It likewise is supposed to possess great value in determining accurately true mortality results of any operation, if any mechanical classification scheme could achieve such a purpose. No matter what clearing house center might be established, the easily understood variations of the operator's skill, the patient's resistance and unavoidable human errors, as well as omissions, might negative its statistical value in that regard. Possibly the effort, in its admission that local usage is not ignored, lacks the breadth and scope of the "Names of Surgical Operations" prepared by the Special Committee of the Western Surgical Association, which was intended not only for national but for international use of librarians or statisticians and as a means of valid simplification and reduction in the number

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