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October 31, 1953

Nomenclature and Criteria for Diagnosis of Diseases of the Heart and Blood Vessels

JAMA. 1953;153(9):891. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940260115033

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Abstract

This edition deals with the nomenclature and classification of heart diseases and is supplemented by discussions of criteria for diagnosis. It has been considerably expanded to include a section on diseases of the peripheral vessels. It introduces changes of opinion and viewpoints that have taken place in the past 10 years. Important etiological factors in cardiac disease have been amplified. The criteria for the diagnosis of congenital anomalies have been greatly expanded. The therapeutic classification, which proved so beneficial in former editions, has been continued. The roentgenological and electrocardiographic sections have been rewritten and new material added. The criteria for the pathological diagnosis of diseases of the heart and great vessels has been made an integral part of the book instead of an appendix as it was in previous editions. The terminology and coding in the section on nomenclature correspond completely with the Standard Nomenclature of Diseases and Operations.

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