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November 16, 1964

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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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.

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