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Efforts to arrive at a uniform nomenclature and uniform criteria for using the nomenclature have not proved successful in the case of every disease. Particularly is this true of nephritis and arthritis. Numerous classifications of these two diseases have appeared. To date, none is satisfactory; at least, none is catholic. The Criteria Committee of the Heart Committee of the New York Tuberculosis and Health Association, Inc., has been eminently successful in establishing a standard, universally applicable classification for heart disease. This classification is based on clearcut criteria determined by experts after exhaustive study. Only those who have indulged in the tedium of serious statistical endeavor and have experienced that sense of lack of confidence in their labor because of the inadequacies and variations of faulty nomenclature can fully appreciate this classification.
It is practically fool-proof. It is a concentrated summary of diseases of the heart. Added to this edition is
Criteria for the Classification and Diagnosis of Heart Disease.. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1933;52(3):494-495. doi:10.1001/archinte.1933.00160030155015