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May 27, 1933

A Standard Classified Nomenclature of Disease.

JAMA. 1933;100(21):1717. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740210065040

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Abstract

This volume is the outcome of an effort carried on now for several years in an attempt to develop a uniform nomenclature for use by hospitals, health organizations and insurance companies. This nomenclature is supposed to include every disease that can be recognized clinically, to avoid repetition and overlapping and to classify the diseases in a logical manner. It is supplemented by an alphabetical index to aid reference. The numbers of the international lists of causes of death are printed in italics after the titles of the diseases to aid comparison of the morbidity and mortality information. Code numbers are supplied to enable the use of punch card systems for tabulation. English terms are employed in preference to Latin and Greek except as concerns diseases of the skin and eye, in which custom has entrenched Greek and Latin names. Diphthongs are avoided in English terms. Because of the difficulty of

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