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March 9, 1940


JAMA. 1940;114(10):872-873. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810100038016

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On March 1 representatives of specialist societies, hospital organizations, government services and other interested groups met at the headquarters of the American Medical Association in Chicago as the National Conference on Medical Nomenclature. Many problems of classifying disease were considered, both in the form of papers and reports and in discussions. The formal classification of disease involves educational factors, questions of facilitating clinical research, the organization of hospital record libraries, comparative morbidity statistics and morbidity reports and the relation of morbidity to the International List of Causes of Death.

At the conference it was brought out by several of the speakers that eponyms are in general inadvisable as labels for disease. There is, perhaps, a trend toward the use of English rather than Latin terms in classifying disease, but it is, of course, impossible to separate all terms from their Latin or Greek derivatives. The confusion of terms in some

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