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September 13, 1952


Author Affiliations

Carnegie Embryological Laboratory Wolfe and Madison Streets Baltimore 5, Md.

JAMA. 1952;150(2):153. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680020087021

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To the Editor:  —Pursuant to a resolution of the International Congress of Anatomy at Oxford, 1950, a conference was held at London, May 26-30, 1952, under the auspices of UNESCO (Council for the Coordination of International Congress of Medical Societies) to explore the possibility of an international revision of the nomenclature of human anatomy. Eight delegates participated, representing the principal national and linguistic groups of Europe, the British Commonwealth, and America. Russian anatomists were invited to send a delegate but did not respond. The committee is in touch by correspondence with the Anatomical Society of Japan.It was unanimously agreed to bring the Basel Anatomical Nomenclature up-to-date by a conservative revision, making changes only where necessary for scientific correctness. Subcommittees will be appointed at once to prepare the new lists of terms for each system of organs. It is hoped that tentative lists will be ready by December, 1953, for

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