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August 19, 1933


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Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston.

JAMA. 1933;101(8):621-622. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740330053028

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To the Editor:  —Recently there has been published a new classified nomenclature of disease. This was prepared under the supervision of physicians representing practically all the national medical organizations of the United States, and so is both authoritative and generally acceptable. It is the last word in nomenclature. But why, it may be said, is there a need for a classified nomenclature of disease? What use is it?Without some such book of nomenclature, a patient's disease may be recorded as one of several diagnoses. This brings confusion when an attempt is made to gather together from a personal or a hospital file a group of cases of the same disease, for one does not know where to look for all of them among the index cards. One member of the staff uses a given diagnosis, another a different one. The same patient returning for several admissions, always having the

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