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March 15, 2000

AnatomyTerminologia Anatomica: International Anatomical Terminology

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media

 

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by the Federative Committee on Anatomical Terminology (FCAT), 292 pp, $35, ISBN 0-86577-808-6, Stuttgart, Georg Thieme Verlag, 1998. Also available on CD-ROM.

JAMA. 2000;283(11):1485-1486. doi:10.1001/jama.283.11.1485

This latest version of international anatomic nomenclature, approved in August 1997 at São Paulo, Brazil, is the product of almost a decade of research and debate by a committee of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists (IFAA). Basically a revision of the sixth edition of Nomina Anatomica (NA), the system features enough innovations to justify the change of name. Of its 7500 terms, some 1000 are new; many of these have been in unofficial use for years. About 10% of the terms that appeared in NA have been either altered or rejected.

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