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Current Medical Terminology attempts to narrow the number of names for various diseases to give more precision to the language of medicine. To illustrate the different names by which a disease may be called, Burgess L. Gordon, MD, the editor of CMT, lists a few examples:
Dengue—also called breakbone fever, Dandy fever, duenguero, seven-day fever.
Pappataci fever—also called sandfly fever, phlebotomus fever, three-day fever.
Colorado tick fever—also called mountain fever, mountain tick fever.
Rocky Mountain spotted fever— also called typhus, tick borne; Sao Paulo fever; tick bite fever, African.
Dementia paralytica—also called paresis, general (a terminology preferred in some books); paresis, syphilitic.
Paralysis agitans—also called Parkinsonism, Parkinson's disease, shaking palsy.
Book Narrows the Number of Names, Streamlines the Language of Medicine. JAMA. 1964;190(7):39. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070200143058
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