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April 17, 1972

Comment: Agreement on Histopathologic Nomenclature of Neoplasms

JAMA. 1972;220(3):406-408. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200030064019

The variety of terms used to designate a carcinoma of the nasopharynx is sufficiently numerous and diverse to confuse the physician. The basis for agreement on nomenclature is the need for accuracy in identification and statistical reporting. However, rational reasons for action do not result in its clinical usage. Most pathology reports tend to stick to the facts; the pathologist does not force the report into a specific category when certain nuances exist. Thus, different terms and names checker the literature and have resulted in an unsatisfactory state of affairs. A number of efforts are being made to correct this situation.

During the past two decades, the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology began issuing carefully organized fascicles by organ site; they encompass all varieties of neoplasms. An authority in the field was invited to prepare an atlas in which a nosology was identified; a list of synonyms, numerous photographs of