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August 1960


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Arch Dermatol. 1960;82(2):277-278. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.01580020119034

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To the Editor:—  The "A.M.A. Standard Nomenclature of Diseases and Operations," Fourth Edition, is widely used in record systems and for teaching. Its use deserves continued support. The burden of the medical student is lightened by a standard nomenclature. When every physician engaged in teaching makes exclusive use of these terms, momentum will be given to amplification and revision of the present system and to perfection of a generally acceptable nomenclature.Perfection may never be possible because terminology grows like the body of Common Law. It will only be when we consistently use what we have, that further useful improvement can be made. The present system must not be allowed to fall into 71-713 (DISUSE), and everyone must familiarize himself with the terminology.Your help is asked in a certain matter. Although there may be 000-X7Y (OTHER) problems with the nomenclature, a 830.0 (SINGLE) term stands out as particularly inscrutable.

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