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April 2, 1927

A Terminology of Disease to Facilitate the Classification of Histories in Hospitals.

JAMA. 1927;88(14):1104. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680400060042

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The pages of this little book are filled with lists of diseases arranged in such a way that clerks without scientific training can accurately file the many conditions that arise. The names of diseases used are those which are familiar, apply to one condition, and have had long usage. Such instructions are given as, under Local Injuries, Fractures: "Do not use the expression 'compound fracture.' Write the wound of soft parts thus: 'fracture of vault of skull, incised wound of scalp communicating with fracture.'" The present edition is the outcome of increasing use during the last ten years. The system is based on the etiologic factor in disease and on the anatomic structure involved. To facilitate its use, an alphabetical arrangement has been adhered to as far as possible and there is a complete index.

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