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June 9, 1962

SIMPLIFIED MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

JAMA. 1962;180(10):833. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050230035013

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Abstract

Current title of the new AMA book scheduled for publication late in June, 1962. It is a tool for standardizing the terminology of diseases to assist in gaining maximum accuracy with hand filing, computer recording, and statistical analysis; and, with the use of IBM cards, it will facilitate the preparation of case summaries for hospital purposes and communication.

The book was developed from the tabulations of essential clinical data in medical dictionaries and standard textbooks of medicine, surgery, and the specialties. The most acceptable names of diseases have been arranged alphabetically and defined in stylized sentences; code numbers of Standard Nomenclature of Diseases and Operations (SNDO) and numbers of International Classification of Diseases (SN) are included. In addition, an arbitrary serial number or symbol is provided for each disease to facilitate identification; a listing of these numbers with the corresponding names of diseases is appended to the book. Cross references

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